June 4, 2018, Lafayette, IN-
Today began, and ended, down on the farm. Oak Ridge Farms, a dairy enterprise combined with a resort, has a “farm to mouth” restaurant, and a huge presence in the area between Lafayette and the Calumet region of northwest Indiana. It was too early in the morning, for any of the facilities to be open, so I went about the grounds and share these scenes:
The Farmhouse Restaurant being closed until 10 a.m., I headed to Rensselaer, down the road a piece, and had my own repast at Janet’s Kitchen. Breakfasts in much of the Midwest are very basic, but flavourful and filling. That was the case here.
I went shortly afterward to downtown Lafayette looking, as always. for solid buildings and interesting scenes. Various art forms share the space here.
Tippecanoe County Courthouse is reminiscent of the equally solid courthouse we have in Prescott. It has a couple of extra spires, though.
I was taken with this avant-garde bench, on one of Lafayette’s side streets.
After doing my laundry at West Lafayette’s large tanning salon/laundromat enterprise: Levee Tan & Laundry, I took a short walk along the main drag of Purdue University, which is the pride of both cities, and of west-central Indiana as a whole. Purdue has plenty of both ivy-covered traditional structures and state-of-the-art, modernist buildings.
With that, I headed south, to Indianapolis, and had an enjoyable, if brief, catch-up session with an old friend and her son, at a north side Einstein Brothers. Curiously, though no surprise to me, I took the exact exit I needed to take, without knowing where we were to meet. There is a lot of energy out there, guiding this often clueless wanderer.
The day ended, as it began, with me on the farm. Part 2 of this post will look at one of western Indiana’s best-kept secrets: Prophetestown