Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Recharge and Sell!! a.k.a. Our Indiana Landscape

It's Tuesday!! It's a great Tuesday!!! Okay you say, what's so special about Tuesday? Well, okay, not just a Tuesday but THE Tuesday. Tuesday after the Monday that was Memorial Day! To me, it's a great day!

As I look out the window, all I can see are clouds, the forecast calls for rain and thunderstorms after a dreary day yesterday but I'm rejuvenated and energized! I'm ready to go! I'm ready to have a great week working hard for my clients, setting showings, talking to builders, working on pending offers, helping track down the rightful owner of a property, buying, selling, helping solve all the real estate problems of the world! Okay, that may be a stretch, but I'm enthused to start a new week and end the month on a good note. Why all the energy for someone who typically hates a "Monday" morning like the best of them? I spent a fantastic weekend communing with nature at one of the best known secrets in Indiana and I'm ready to go!

Years ago, the Indiana tourism bureau had a campaign titled "Wander Indiana." I"m not exactly sure how many years that was the slogan and why it was changed but I loved it! I thought it was a great and that was what my family did. With two small children, I decided that this was one family that was going to wander Indiana. And so we did!

Each spring and summer, armed with our trusty Wander Indiana guide, we would plan out and execute our adventures around the state, seeing a wide variety of flora and fauna, geologic and man-made wonders of the state. Over the years we explored the state from the white sands of the Dunes to the fossil beds of the Ohio. During which we discovered many wonders that as a life-long resident of the state never even dreamed where here. I always enjoyed the time, it's a great, inexpensive way to see the world and had somewhat gotten away from it. Recently, I rediscoved the passion.

This past weekend I had the pleasure to rediscover a part of Central Indiana that I had forgotten existed. I spent the weekend camping at Lieber State Recreation Area at Cagles Mill Lake near the Putnam/Owen County line. It's a great little park with some hidden treasures. Because of the lake, it mostly brings out the boaters and fisherman, but offers a quiet campground to rest and relax.

Just outside the park, is another state property, Cataract Falls. Located just a few minutes drive from Lieber SRA, at a cascading drop of 86 feet, it is the state's largest waterfall and is truly worth the trip. The falls are magnificent and one could sit for hours watching the water rush and churn as it flows through the limestone creek bed. On the site there once stood a mill and today you can still see the stone foundation and remains of the walls that were built to channel the mighty forces of the water. It's a great place to fish, share a picnic or just relax and enjoy nature.

So you say, what does this blog have to do with real estate? I don't know. Maybe nothing. But maybe making readers more aware of the great wonders this state has to offer makes them a little more proud to be called a Hoosier and will make them a little more proud of their home and neighborhood. If it does nothing except to help connect me with readers through a common bond or allow clients and readers to know more about it, it has served it purpose. I hope you all get out and have a chance to Wander Indiana!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Great Things To Do In Indy

Ok, the month is half over but there are still some great things to do in Indy this week related to the 500 Festival. Some of them are well known, others not so much. Here's a quick run down.....

Wednesday, May 20
A community favorite, Community Day at the Track. The track will be open 9-6 with admission just $7 per person (6 and under free). Get tickets at gates 2 or 10. Activities you can participate in include taking a lap around the track in your own vehicle (enter through gate 10 off 30th Street).
Tour the IRL car transport trailers. Visit Pit Lane and check out the vintage cars on display. Pro Series drivers and past champions will be there to sign autographs.

Ever wonder what it feels like to be in Victory Circle? Well, now's your chance, you can have your photo taken in Victory Circle, just like you’re the winner in a car with a trophy, a wreath and a glass of milk!
Tours will be available for the suites and the official timing & scoring area in the pagoda.
And if that's not enough you can watch the Media Pit Stop Competition, enjoy live music, question and answer sessions much more!
Plus, visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum since admission is included.

Thursday, May 21
Out at the track gates open at 9 a.m. with the Firestone Freedom 100 Practice from 9:00-9:45 and again from 11:45-12:30 with Firestone Indy Lights qualifying from 3:00-4:00. Admission for the day's events are free.

Friday, May 22
While May is a month of Celebration in Indy it is also a time of remembrance of all those who have so valiantly served this country. A must do this week is the 500 Festival Memorial Service presented by Rolls-Royce on the north steps of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument on the Circle. This free service begins at noon and is open to the public.
Highlights of the event will be a wreath-laying ceremony, dedicated to the memory of all Hoosiers in all wars and conflicts who sacrificed their lives in defense of our great nation, a military funeral Cort├Ęge, and ceremonial fly-over.
You can enjoy a jam packed day at the track during the Miller LIte Carb Day festivities. Gates are open from 8-6 with admission just $10 (5 and under free). The full line up of events includes: Indy 500 practice from 11:00-noon with the Firestone Freedom 100 pre-race activites at 12:15. Racing action begins at 12:30. The ever popular Pit Stop Challenge event will begin at 1;30 with the culmanating event of the day, the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert featuring 3 Doors Down to begin at 3:30.

Saturday,May 23
Probably the most well known event of the Festival is the IPL 500 Festival Parade. The parade kicks off at noon at the intersection of Pennsylvania and North Streets, heading south to Washington Street. West on Washington to Meridian and north on Meridian around the east side of the Circle to 11th Street.
But before you head to the parade did you think about attending the 500 Festival Costumed Character Breakfast? This event is held at Jillian's at 141 S. Meridian Street beginning at 9:30. This year's guests include SpongeBob SquarePants, The Wiggles and Pablo and Tyrone from The Backyardigans plus many more. Ticket price includes breakfast buffet, a $10 Jillian's game card and one bleacher seat ticket to the 500 Festival Parade.
As if your day hasn't been full enough, top the evening off at the Regions 500 Festival Snakepit Ball beginning at 6 p.m. at the Indiana Roof Ballroom where you can dance and sway to the music of legendary funk band The Ohio Players. This black tie, see and be seen event is known as the place to see the stars that are in town for the race weekend activites. Call 269-0420 for ticket information.

Sunday, May 24
The culmanating event for the month...what you've all been waiting for....The Greatest Spectale in Racing...the running of the Indianapolis 500. Gates open at 6:00 a.m. with driver introductions at 12:30, racing at 1:00. Ticket prices start at $20.