Monday, February 27, 2012

Squire Boone Who?

I didn't know anything about Squire Boone before Sunday.  Maybe it is because I am not from the area originally or maybe I did learn something about him in school but have since forgotten.  Either way, we set out on Sunday to learn a little more about him.

First let me start off by saying you all know how I love my deals.  I have people ask me all the time, how did you find out about that, where did you get that coupon, ect.  This adventure was no exception.  I happened to learn about Squire Boone Cavern on the Louisville Mega Cavern's FB page, so I decided to like it.  That is when I discovered that for the month of February they were doing a promotion.  If you brought you sweetie and mentioned the post, it was buy one admission get one free.  What a deal right?

So off we went on Sunday to visit Squire Boone Cavern.  Admission price total for the two of us $14.50.

What did I learn about Squire Boone?  I learned that he was a jack of all trades, and he excelled at everything.  Long story short, when he went to Virginia, where he was a Statesman, he had been living in KY and owned a lot of land.  When he returned two years later he had been cheated out of his land by his business partners and there were some tax issues with Virginia as well.  He vowed never to step foot in KY again and ended up settling in Indiana, where he had discovered the cavern when he was hiding from Indians, earlier in life.  When he discovered it because he had survived, he felt blessed and blessed the land as sacred ground.  So this is where he returned to live out the rest of his life.

On our visit we toured the cavern with a guide, who was very knowledgeable, I really enjoyed listening to what he had to say.  The coolest part about the cavern for me was that you stand over a waterfall that is underground.  That was awesome!  A little scary as well because you think to yourself what if the grate falls. The other interesting part was when the guide talked about Squire Boone and who he was, what he did in life and how he discovered the cavern.  Some of his bones are actually down there in a casket.

Unfortunately, since it is winter, the village was not open because it is only open during the summer months, so this is something that we will have to go back and see. The village looked neat, it has a little bakery, a grist mill, candle shop and soap shop.

So we enjoyed our little adventure to Squire Boone Cavern in Mauckport, IN.  If you are looking for something different to do I definitely recommend checking it out. Just a quick little warning though there are over 70 something steps on your way up and down.  My thighs are definitely feeling the burn today but I also wore my sketcher shape ups during the tour.

Happy adventuring!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Making New Friends Is Like Dating

Am I the only one that thinks making new friends is like dating?  I thought once I got married I would be past all of that but I guess I was wrong.

I have had this discussion with others who have moved as well and they agree.  How do you meet people?  Where do you meet people?  How do you make friends that you have things in common with?  It is not as easy as it used to be, when I was in school and college. Then once you are working you have your set of friends and may make some new ones as you go along but when you move it is like starting all over again.  Of course you still keep in touch with your old friends but you can not call them up to go to dinner or a movie spur of the moment.  I mean who wants to drive two + hours at the spur of the moment to meet up for dinner? Not to mention the fact that I work in a very small office, so it is not like you can meet that many people at work.  There is no one in our apartment building that we are currently friends with, not that they are bad people, most are friendly, just not really anyone that we currently have anything in common with.  For a little bit I did have a friend that lived in the apartment across from us (not that she is not my friend anymore) but she moved away and now lives a little over an hour away.  I really do miss spending time with her and hanging out, it was wonderful having a girlfriend that lived 3 feet away.

This is the situation that my husband and I are in since we moved about two years ago.  Now my husband is not as social as I am and as long as he has me to go out with and maybe another guy once in awhile, he is good.  Me on the other hand I need girl time!  I love my husband very much but sometimes I just want to get out with the girls and do girl things.

Now, I am not totally alone and do not sit around feeling sorry for myself.  This is not a pity blog.  I am very lucky that my cousin, his wife and their three little girls live around us.  Without them I would really not know anyone.  My husband and I enjoy spending time with all of them.  I am so thankful that we do have someone in the area to go out with from time to time or just hang out with.  When we get together we all have a good time.  There are also nights when my husband has class and my cousin is working, that his wife, little girls and I will go out and have some girl time.

We also now attend the church that my cousin is an Associate Minister at and are trying to get more involved there.  Once a month there is a ladies Bible study/book group.  I am so thankful for this!!!!  For three hours, once a month, I get to enjoy spending time/fellowship with some wonderful women.  But, this is just three hours a month.  Is it bad to want more?

So how do you meet people?  I figure that I am not the only one in this situation, actually I know that I am not.  Seriously though, I firmly believe that making new friends is like dating.

So let the dating begin!