Friday, November 12, 2010

Wolf Park, Indiana



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Wolf Park is a nonprofit education and research center, founded in 1972 and located in Battle Ground, Indiana, USA. Its captive gray wolves, red foxes, coyotes and bison serve as ambassador animals, helping to educate the public about wolves, their relatives and prey, and their behavior.


Pictures and video from our 2010 re-visit to Wolf Park. We got to go into the enclosure with Tristan, Renki and Ayla for our 'sponsor' visit. My wolf, Wolfgang, wasn't in a good mood so I went in with Kelly to visit her wolf, Ayla, who also had Tristan and Renki with her. The visit was awesome.


“This one-of-a-kind demonstration is offered each Sunday afternoon during open season. Guests have the opportunity to watch what happens when predator meets prey. Bison are some of the most formidable prey wolves will meet in the wild, and healthy bison, like those at the Park, have nothing to fear. Visitors will be able to see how wolves test their prey for weakness and how the bison defend themselves and their calves by chasing the wolves away. Although no animals are ever injured, you will be given unique insight into how wolves hunt and how difficult it is to be a predator in the wild.”


Visit the Wolf Park website at:


Located in north central Indiana near Lafayette/West Lafayette Wolf Park is a Wolf preserve with a varied collection of North American animals.  Wolfs are observed in a compound with bleacher settings for demonstrations, lectures and observations.  Two or three wolfs are released [during presentations] into the very large Buffalo Compound so that their predatory behavior can be observed.  Don't worry the wolfs are at a distinct disadvantage as the herd contains many full grown bulls.  As a natter of fact the young bulls in the heard usually forget who is supposed to be the hunter and hunted.

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Chicago, Illinois:

Pictures from my stop-over on the train to Detroit from iNDY.

see also:

Brookfield Zoo Trip Slide Show
Detroit Slide Show
Windsor, Canada Slide Show 
Motor City Slide Show


Windsor, Canada:

While in Detroit for the 2010 APWU National Convention I took advantage of the convention ending early on Friday and took the ‘Tunnel’ Bus over to Windsor, Canada to click a few pictures.

see also:

Detroit Slide Show
Motor City Slide Show


Detroit, Michigan

Pictures from non-convention activities during the 2010 APWU National Convention

see also:

Windsor, Canada Slide Show 
Motor City Slide Show


Motor City Casino and Hotel:

Pictures of the hotel I stayed in during the 2010 APWU National Convention.
Huge Casino and hotel, but very expensive. We got a good rate though.

see also:

Detroit Slide Show

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Indianapolis Zoo Walrus Exhibit: Our friend Brutus passed away. :(

On our trip to the Brookfield Zoo Kelly won free passes to a behind the scenes tour at the Indianapolis Zoo. Kelly, Jo, Sue, Greg, Joe and I all went and it was a hoot!

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For pictures see Kelly’s blog: Into Kelly’s World….

For all our pictures from many trips to the Indianapolis Zoo see click here.

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Me & Brutus (Left to Right)


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Featured Trail: Central Canal Towpath

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  • Shady & Flat, wide path from Holcomb Gardens south.

  • Mile markers, occasional benches.

  • Eateries & shops at Broadripple Village.

  • Holcomb Gardens.

  • IMA.


  • Congestion and narrow path most of the way from Broadripple to Holcomb Gardens.

  • Speeding Cyclist.

  • Adjacent traffic most of the way from Broadripple to Holcomb Gardens.

  • No water.

  • Scarce Trail Side Parking.

Overall Path:

  • 5.23 miles, Broad Ripple Village to 30th Street @ White River.

  • connects to Monon Trail and White River Wapahani Trail and the IMA Art & Nature Trail

  • Walk/Jog, cycling


Broad Ripple Village, Butler U. Holcomb Gardens, IMA and Riverside Regional Park.


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From the Monon Trail [Broadripple Village] going south is a nice, shady, and flat walk. On a busy day walking two abreast would be virtually impossible and at certain times the glare of the canal can be very distracting in one direction. Path is sometimes sandwiched between the Canal and street and sometimes is a little too close to traffic. Mile markers make it easy to time yourself and adjust your turnaround point for shorter walks. Occasional benches and less street crossings than I imagined. No skaters on the crushed gravel portion but path width makes bikers a little unnerving. Plenty of eateries and shops at the Broadripple end but sparingly along the route. The trail continues south passed the Butler campus and Holcomb Gardens. Nice neighborhoods, Butler campus, IMA and Holcomb Gardens, shade, geese and ducks.

Recently [May,2010] walked the Canal Towpath with Kelly and we noticed some manmade features in the tree tops. We left the trail and discovered a hidden clearing were some type of manmade elevated obstacle course involving climbing walls, rope bridges, climbing nets, etc. Looked like fun but potentially hazardess. Couldn’t believed it wasn’t fenced off, you could walk right in under it. It was designed in a fashion that access to the platforms was restricted but not impossible. Someone needs to check their liability insurance and build a fence.

From Butler to IMA bridge: continuing past Holcomb Gardens/Butler the paths width is wider and there is a little more shade, but because the path is so close to the canal the canal's width precludes any consistent shade except in the mornings and evenings. Less ducks and geese but turtles abound on the opposite bank and in the moss beds. Absolutely no street traffic and few crossings as the trail becomes almost totally secluded. Several access footbridges to Butler Campus and IMA as well as IMA's Art & Nature Trail.

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Holcomb Gardens is located along the Central Canal Towpath on the grounds of Butler University. The garden, pond, and other features are very scenic. To view a full sized slide show of Holcomb Gardens click this link.

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Indiana Museum of Art: Gardens like Holcomb Gardens is located along the Central Canal Towpath and is reached by crossing a footbridge. The grounds of the Museum features sculpture, foliage and landscaping from the Ely Lilly era. To view a full sized slide show of click this link.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Featured Trail: Pogue's Run

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  • Scenic: wildlife & art.
  • Occasional benches.

  • Parking.

  • No skaters and bikers are rare.

  • Little traffic.


  • No restrooms or fountains.

  • No concessions.

  • Crushed gravel and uneven on the causeway.
  • Goose droppings.

  • No shade.

Overall Path:

  • 1 mile loop*

  • .25 mile access path*

  • 1.5 from parking lot, around loop and back to parking lot.*

  • plans to connect Brookside Park & Spades Park with 3 mile extension.

*Distances are not exact, actual distance in all cases is a little higher.

Pogue's Run is an urban creek that starts near the intersection of Massachusetts and Ritter avenues on the east side of Indianapolis, Indiana and empties into the White River south of the Kentucky Avenue bridge over that river. At the stream's intersection with New York Street just east of downtown Indianapolis it enters a double-box culvert conduit through which it flows underneath downtown Indianapolis.[1] It is named for George Pogue, who, along with John Wesley McCormick, were among the first settlers in what would become the city of Indianapolis.

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Artificial wetlands and walking trial maintained by Indy Parks Department. Three 'wet areas' with two encircled by a one mile path. Also has a reed encompassed pond on the upper level by the parking lot. Geese, Red Winged Blackbirds and ducks (some families) are abundant and have seen occasional Heron/Cranes. Path is a little rough in spots, slightly hilly, some benches and no shade. It is more like a hybrid of a walking and hiking trail. Love the wildlife and art. Can be seen from I-70. Your direction choice allows you to choose between a gradual downgrade with a steeper upgrade or the reverse, a steeper downgrade with a gradual upgrade. At one part of the loop you have a choice of a low path which goes down and then up to reconnect to the main path. When on the loop portion the entire loop is visible from anywhere on the loop. At the causeway which separates the two lower wetland areas the goose droppings can be plentiful and the geese slow to make way.


Update: Walked Pogue’s Run today 5-23-2010, still plenty of ducks, geese and Red-winged Black Birds but Great Blue Herron population is more established. saw at least three and got within 30 feet of one. Unfortunately the closeness of the Basin to residential neighborhood or the upstream activities has made for unsightly litter both on the trail and in the water. Hopefully at some point soon the neighborhood or Parks Department will see the need for public clean-up activities.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

Wolf Park: Indiana

If you’ve never been to Wolf Park it is a must see. For my birthday Kelly got me a membership at Wolf Park and adopted me a Wolf: Wolfgang. We will be attending a fund raising event in September but hopefully will visit before then.

For a more spirited Wolf/Bison encounter look at our video and slide show from our 2007 visit. click here

Thursday, April 29, 2010

New Orleans: 2010 Cruise

We drove straight through from Indy in about 12-13 hours. Were really tired by the time we got checked into the hotel but we were also hungry so we forced ourselves to go out to the River Walk on the Mississippi River. We had planned on going to the Jazz Festival in the French Quarter and the Aquarium but were just to wore out. We were right downtown less than a block from the River Walk and a couple of blocks from the cruise terminal.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Kiss Z Cook:

Kelly, Jo, friends Melissa, Laura, Melvin Watts and I spent the evening at a 'cooking' cafe where we all cook a gourmet meal under the direction of Chef Dwight Simmons where we then all sat down and ate our creation.
It was a blast!

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Around iNDY: Downtown Canal

I didn’t know you could do this on the Canal!

Wakeboarding on the Downtown Canal.

Featured Trail: Northwest Way Park



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  • Varied Sun & Shady.

  • Scenic, flat to rolling.

  • Paved, not congested.

  • Family oriented activities.

  • Restrooms and parking.


  • Lack of shade on larger loop

  • Too many kids?

Overall Path:

  • 1.2 miles larger loop.

  • plus .7 smaller loop.

  • 1.6 combined outer path.

  • or 1.9 doing figure 8.


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On 62nd Street between Georgetown & Moller Rd.  A large inner city park on the northwest side of Indy with no dissecting streets.  Most of the park is encircled by a walking path that forms a big loop with a smaller loop appended to one corner.  Mostly walkers with few bikers or skaters which is good because of the paths width, which is barely adequate for two-way pedestrian traffic.  The larger loop passes the aquatic center, basketball half-courts, soccer fields, parking lot and green space.  This loop is laid out over flat and rolling terrain and is mostly in the sun.  The smaller loop is a little more rolling than flat, and winds through shady areas that account for about 50% of the loop.  There are picnic shelters and playground along the intersection of the two loops.  The smaller loop and part of the larger loop are very oriented to a wildlife habitat layout, bird feeders, vegetation, and rabbits are plentiful.       

Featured Trail: Southeast Way Park


5624 South Carroll Road, New Palestine, IN 46163

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  • Varied sun & mostly shady.

  • Scenic, flat to rolling.

  • Unpaved, not congested.

  • Family oriented activities.

  • Restrooms and parking.


  • Trail has potential for getting muddy in damp weather

  • Limited trail options [some small loops]

Overall Path:

  • Larger loop (biking/walking) = ??.

  • Hiking loop = ??.

  • Low traffic roadway = ??.


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A large suburban park on the southeast edge of Indy (Marion Co.) with no dissecting streets. Most of the park is encircled by a walking path (an old deteriorating bicycle path) and a large hiking path. I didn't do the walking path but the hiking trail was great. The paths were narrow foot trails, mostly flat to rolling with some dips and embankments. In spite of the 'flatness' there were dramatic examples of erosion from the trailhead to the creek that borders the park. The large loop that constitutes the hiking trail is not closed, it begins near the Park Center and ends near the picnic and parking lots. You complete the 'loop' using part of the old walking/bike path. This is the only portion of the 'loop' that is fully exposed to wind and sun. There are picnic shelters, playground and open grassy areas throughout the park.

"Southeastway Park is a 188-acre nature park managed by the Indianapolis Parks and Recreation Department. The park is located in the southeast corner of Marion County at 5624 South Carroll Road easily accessible from I-74 at the Acton Road exit. There are a variety of natural habitats on the property including 80 acres of forest, a pond and wetland, open fields, a prairie and Buck Creek. The park also offers numerous environmental educational programs and special events throughout the year."

from the Indy Parks website.

The park is very oriented to a wildlife habitat layout, bird Photobucket - Video and Image Hostingfeeders, vegetation, creek, pond and rabbits are plentiful, but the most interesting aspect of the park is the Butterfly conservation program. They have literature on setting up your own 'migration' station, "Monarch Butterfly Waypoint', to attract butterflies and judging from the abundance of butterflies during my visit their program is a big success.

Antique Mall’s Antique Car Show:

Stopped by the Shadeland Shoppes with Troy to check out the Antique Mall’s Antique Car Show.
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3444 North Shadeland Avenue

Around iNDY: Woodruff Place Flea Market


Troy and I went to the Annual Woodruff Place Flea Market today.  Haven’t been to Woodruff Place in almost 25 years.  Not since I was the Community Center Director there. 

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The Flea Market was interesting and things looked a little better than in ‘84’.  It had been on the downswing then as much of the houses had gone from owner-occupant to landlord-occupant.  Don’t know what the situation is now but many of the historic, and large, homes are still there.  The fountains are too even though they seem to have suffered a little neglect since ‘84’.  A shame because that was a strong neighborhood feature back then.

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Today, Woodruff Place attracts a wide variety of people who seek a quiet residential area minutes from downtown Indianapolis. The Woodruff Place Civic League has a large membership that organizes annual fund-raising events like the Flea Market, Victorian Home Tour, White Trash Tour, 4th of July Parade and other social engagements such as the Senior Tea and the Children's Halloween Party. And hats off to the legendary W.P. Lawn Chair Brigade, favorites at any local parade.    [from the Woodruff Place web site]

Woodruff Community Center 79-80

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Their having a home tour [annually, the last weekend of June] but not likely we will make it.

Around iNDY: The Monon Murals

I re-walked the Monon Trail on Memorial Day weekend [09] and covered the trail from 46th street south to the trailhead at 10th & Mass. Ave. for the first time. In the process I took some pictures of Murals that I hadn't seen before. Iplaced them at the beginning of the slide show.
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Photobucket - Video and Image HostingPhotobucket - Video and Image HostingAt several locations along the trail murals can be found on the back of buildings adjacent to the trail. There are over 40 murals painted on the back of a 400 foot long building between 52nd and 54th Street.

Featured Trail: The Monon Trail

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  • Scenic, Shady & Flat.
  • Wide & Paved.
  • Mile markers, occasional benches.
  • Eateries & shops at Broadripple Village and Nora.


  • Congestion.
  • Speeding Cyclist

Overall Path:

  • 10miles plus 5.25 in Hamilton Co.  [96th Street to 10th Street.
  • Connects to Fall Creek Trail and Central Canal Towpath.
  • Walk/Jog, Cycling, Rollerblading.

From Start to Fall Creek Junction: 2.76 miles
From Fall Creek Junction to Broad Ripple: 3.49 miles
Broad Ripple to Nora: 3 miles
Nora to Carmel: 4.67 miles


Nora, Broad Ripple, Marott Park , Indianapolis Art Center, Canterbury Park, State Fairgrounds, Fall Creek Trail, Douglas Park, Central Canal Towpath.


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From 62nd street [Broadripple Village] going north to 86th street [Nora] is a nice shady 3 mile walk, with a slight elevation [The trail north of 86th Street to 96th Street is less shady and more prone to winds]. South of 62nd is also less shady. Mile markers [below 96th Street] make it easy to time yourself and adjust your turnaround point for shorter walks. The trail occasionally can be very busy with bikes, joggers, dog walkers and skaters. The path is wide and paved, has few street crossing points once you leave Broadripple Village, and has plenty of eateries and shops at both Nora and Broadripple.  Public restrooms only at 96th Street and Carmel City Hall.

Occasional drinking fountain [including doggie fountains] and bench. It crosses the canal, White River, Fall Creek and Williams Creek and passes Marott Park. It also connects to the Central Canal Towpath in Broad Ripple and the Fall Creek Trail south of the Fairgrounds.  Nice neighborhoods, Indianapolis Art Center, wooded areas, and art adorn the walk.

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PhotobucketBesides the natural beauty of the neighborhoods and wooded area the Monon Trail passes through, there are also sculptors, buildings decorated with murals and the IAC:

Monon Murals At several locations along the trail murals can be found on the back of buildings adjacent to the trail. There are over 40 murals painted on the back of a 400 foot long building between 52nd and 54th Street. To view a full sized slide-show of click this link.

Indianapolis Arts Center is located along the Monon Trail on the banks of White River. The grounds of the Center features sculpture, foliage and landscaping. To view a full sized slide-show of click this link.