I grew up in Northwest Indiana on a 33 acre corn or soybean field depending on the year. I loved growing up where I did–a little town where you run into people you know at the grocery store every time you go. It was this version of Indiana that I wanted Cori to see on our weekend to Indianapolis.
The day before our race, we did not want to do a lot of walking. We had already walked about 10 miles around Downtown Indy the day before. In my pre-trip research, I had found something called the Garfield Trail. I knew that Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield was from Marion, Indiana, but I had no idea that there was something called the Garfield Trail. After our search to find all the Wizard of Oz statues last summer in Chicago’s Oz Park, I had a feeling that Cori would be on board for a Garfield scavenger hunt plus it would give me a chance to show her the Indiana where I grew up.
We spent the morning sleeping in and getting breakfast at our Hampton Inn before jumping in the car. We had downloaded the map earlier so we had an idea that we were not going to go in order of the numbers listed, but rather make a big circle through northeastern Indiana.
In addition to the trail map, you can listen to information on your cell about each location, but after listening to the recorded voice on one stop, we couldn’t take the sound of the recording and opted to just read the informational plaques when they were provided.
Our scavenger hunt took us through little farm towns, two lane roads, and rows upon rows of corn. We even had a hard time finding a place to eat. We eventually settled on hot dogs and milkshakes at a cute little inexpensive Drive In.
One of our stops coincided with my Diet Coke addition. Swayzee, Indiana.
It was quite the Indiana experience. We talked and laughed, mostly at our rental car that sounded like it was farting as we went over bumps, through the three hours it took us to drive around and find all the Garfields. I’m sure we looked like crazy tourists as we jumped out of the car and snapped selfies in front of each tribute to Jim Davis. Along the way, we only ran into one other couple that was doing the same thing we were, so if you are looking for something free and low key to do around Marion, Indiana, this is it.
The day was so relaxing and a nice way to just catch up. I was so glad Cori got to see the Indiana I know and love.
What’s the strangest touristy thing you’ve ever done?