Monday, 19 July 2010

I mentioned in yesterday’s blog about the Children’s Museum. Couldn't resist posting one of the photos I took there of the dinosaurs that I was quite happy with.

Today, I have been exploring the fact that there is more to Indianapolis besides anything to do with motor racing.

Among the great number of museums is the Eiteljorg Museum, dedicated to the history of American Indians and Western Art. There are totem poles, wigwams and plenty of other exhibits that can be classified as fine arts.

On the lower level is an interactive stagecoach exhibit. I was quite happy strolling around having a look at everything, but one of the guides insisted I climbed aboard to get an experience to what it was like to ride one of the oldest forms of transport.

Inside, there was no video or audio (which I was expecting as the ‘experience’ of riding in the carriage). But as I sat down, the lady walked around the back to vigorously shake the carriage, making it rock.

On another hot day, being by the water would be a good way of keeping cool.

I headed for the White River State Park, and found it hard to believe that such a place was just a 10-minute walk from the downtown area. Some lovely fountains act as the entrance to a vast park that stretches for many acres.

After enjoying that area, I walked back towards the city, but followed one of its’ hidden gems – hidden, that is for those who may frequent the shopping area only.

Following the water pathways lead you around external pieces of art and through to the Central Canal.

The large blue building is a new hotel which is due to open next spring.

One way to use the pathway is by hiring a Segway (spelling may be incorrect). With a platform to stand on between two wheels, they are motorised by battery power. I am sure that when these were invented a few years ago, part of the development was done in Plymouth – rings a bell!

The canal stretches for a couple of miles and goes under a number of bridges where the traffic heads into the main area of town, while on the water, several people were easing their way around by pedalboats and canoes.

Took some time to do some shopping this afternoon. Prices of clothes in America compared to home are ridiculously cheap. If only I didn't have to bear in mind the 50lb limitation on luggage when I get to the airport.

I write as I prepare for my final night in Indianapolis. I think I could be tempted to return to the Slippery Noodle to enjoy a beer and some live blues music. I have had solids - and possibly the most unhealthy meal since being in The States. A double steakburger, fries, and a side dish of chilli that was filled to the brim with beans.
Maybe I should return to the mall and look at larger waist sizes.

Tomorrow morning I hit the road for a 320-mile drive back into Ohio, but this time to the north as I head for Cleveland.

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