Sunday, 25 June 2017

U2 in Louisville...

Earlier in the year I had read that U2 were going to be touring the United States this summer as part of the 30th anniversary of the release of their ground-breaking Joshua Tree album. U2 is one of my favourite bands and so I made a mental note, but I didn't think that we would be able to go to any of their concerts. I had seen them in Cape Town in February 2011, but Candace had never seen them before.

And then earlier this month I discovered that the cheapest tickets had been slashed in half which made their Louisville concert suddenly more affordable. :) We bought two tickets for the 16th June concert, organised hotel accommodation and a babysitter for Riaan, (Thanks, Maleys!) and went and spent the night down in Louisville. (Louisville is just over two hours drive from our house.)

We enjoyed delicious pizza before the concert and then walked from our hotel to the Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. We thoroughly enjoyed the appetiser, One Republic, and loved the main course of U2. They were awesome and it was such a good concert with a powerful message. One of my favourite moments was when a massive Boeing 747 jet flew over the stadium just as they were launching into "Where the Streets Have No Name." It was a fantastic evening!

 The stage with the Joshua Tree.
 U2 walked out on stage playing "Sunday Bloody Sunday."
 They then did a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr...
 And transitioned into "Pride (In the Name of Love)."
 The stage and big screen looked fantastic.
 "Where the Streets Have No Name."
 Performing with a full Salvation Army brass band.
 They took us into a Syrian refugee camp during one of the songs.
 A tribute to all the women of the world.
 Bono is an amazing artist and performer.
 They ended the concert with "Beautiful Day", "Elevation", and "Vertigo."
Saying farewell and thank you on the stage.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

McCormick's Creek on Memorial Day...

Candace, Riaan and I met up with Candace's family at McCormick's Creek State Park on Memorial Day. (Monday, 29th May.) We hiked along a long trail past Wolf Cave and enjoyed lunch at the campground. We also visited the Nature Centre, the Canyon Inn, as well as the waterfall and river. It was a lovely way to spend the holiday!

 Wolf Cave.
 Interesting tree.
 Riaan enjoyed all the different textures.
 Walking along the river.
 Heading back towards the Canyon Inn.
 The Nature Centre at McCormick's Creek.
 Riaan loved the turtles...
 And the snakes, too!
A photo from a year ago at the Nature Centre.
Same place, just one year later! :)
Follow me, Mommy!
 Charging station for hybrid and electric cars.
 Canyon Inn.
 Inside the entrance foyer at the Canyon Inn.
Pretty flower display outside.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Large Common Garter Snake...

We came across this healthy-looking common garter snake sunning himself just off our stoep late last month. He is definitely the longest and largest common garter snake that I've come across in the three years I've been in Indiana. He also has the most vibrant colour and markings!

 Smelling the air for danger.
 Muscular body.
Hiding at the base of the tall grass.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Washington Conservation Club...

The other day we joined some friends at the Washington Conservation Club, a beautiful green belt, with forests and a lake, in the heart of Washington, Indiana. We had a lovely time fishing and relaxing in the early evening. :)

 Sign at the entrance.
 The pretty lake.
 Evening fishing fun.
 Canada goose.
 Northern parula in a pine tree.
The same northern parula by the car.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

DCH Nurse of the Year 2017...

Candace had the honour of being nominated for Daviess Community Hospital's 2017 Nurse of the Year award. She was also nominated back in 2015 for this special award. The ceremony was held on the 12th of May, International Nurses Day, which is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. Candace didn't win the main award, but both Riaan and I were very proud of her! :)

 Waiting for the ceremony to start.
The 2017 Nurse of the Year nominees.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Camping at Clifty Falls State Park - Part 2

It was really cold during the night, but we managed to get a few hours of sleep and Riaan slept really well. We enjoyed a lovely breakfast thanks to Nathan and Anna. We had bacon and eggs with shredded potatoes, mushrooms and cheese cooked over the fire, accompanied with more yummy coffee. It was a delicious way to start the day!

We went and did another challenging hike in beautiful surroundings. We walked through a long, 600-foot tunnel, that was built in the 1850s as part of a failed railway construction project, and saw Tunnel Falls nearby. We then hiked down to the creek bed, where we saw lots of fossils of shells, and came back to the campground for lunch and to pack up.

Once we had packed up our tents and cleaned our site, we went and did one more hike. We walked around Hoffman Falls, before heading home via nearby Madison. It was a great weekend with friends!

 Candace with Riaan on a cold, clear morning.
 Making breakfast in the morning.
 Hmmm, bacon over the fire. Yum!
 Little man with his rugby ball.
 Looking across at Tunnel Falls.
 Another view of Tunnel Falls.
 Family selfie. :)
 The old railway tunnel. It was never completed.
 Walking through the tunnel.
 The creek bed down below.
 Northern water snake sunning itself on some rocks.
 A closer view.
 Shell imprint in a rock.
 A whole lot of old shell fossils in this little rock.
 The pretty river.
 Walking along the river bank.
 Hoffman Falls from the view site.
 Hoffman Falls is 78 feet or 24 metres high.
Walking through the forest with the little man.
 A former shelter. Only the chimney and foundations remain.