It's been a pretty fantastic weekend here, weather-wise.
I realized this fact yesterday, after RockGirl's incoming email woke me up at the crack of noon, and I made the momentous (for me anyway) decision to (a) get off my ass, (b) leave my house, and (c) maybe even go someplace.
Why, Madison, Indiana of course.
Because they were having some festival or such and the NABC had a booth and they had Cone Smoker with them. And, you know, if there's anything better than drinking a Cone Smoker, it would have to be drinking a Cone Smoker in Madison.
So, basically, it gave me something to do. It also gave me a reason to take my new digital camera.
I've never been to Madison. It's about an hour up river from New Albany. I took the "scenic route" which so-named, as far as I can figure, because it's curvier than the other route.
After I'd driven for 45 minutes or so, my phone started vibrating. It was Awesome Larry, an old pool-playing friend from Omaha. So I pulled off into this ice cream place and talked with Larry for 15 minutes or so.
I know, this is boring.
When I was almost to Madison, I passed the entrance to Clifty Falls State Park. Hey! I didn't know that was by Madison! I'd gone there once as a kid with Boy Scouts or something and I remembered that it had been pretty cool, so I postponed going to the festival thingy, turned around, and went into the park.
I paid $5 to get in. I think I want my $5 back.
When I was a kid we'd been able to climb these stairs all the way down into the canyon. Then we'd been able to actually walk behind the falls. It was awesome.
Remember that scene from "The Last of the Mohicans" where they're all behind that waterfall while the bad guys are chasing them? It used to be kinda like that, except without as much water, and without people in funny wigs shooting at you.
But that was then. It was very cool.
Now, it's pretty much the exact opposite of cool.
Now, you can't do shit.
The stairs leading down to the base of the falls are gone. As near as I can tell the only ways to actually see the falls are to either jump and get a good look before you splatter onto the rocks, or hike approximately 8,764 miles up though the creek.
* drumroll *
And now, without further delay, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Clifty Falls!
What's that? You can't see shit?
Okay, I'll move over to the left and zoom in a little.
And that's all you can see. The falls are like 60 feet tall but you can only see the first few feet, and even that I don't think is the real falls.
It's not even impressive enough to make you want to pee.
So I didn't pee. I just left.
On the way back out of the park I stopped at this one overlook place and took a couple of pictures to test out the 12x optical zoom on my camera. Here's the normal shot:
And here's the zoomed shot:
Pretty cool. If there was a naked chick over there by that thingy, I'd totally be able to see her boobies!
But there were no boobies to be seen, so I left the park and continued my original journey into Madison.
This was the street down by the river where this festival was supposed to be going on. There were about 50 people there. I stopped by the beer tent and had a Cone Smoker (1796) in a plastic cup and talked to Roger.
Then I drove back home.
All in all, I'd say that the day was more interesting than doing laundry would have been, but not by much.