Saturday, July 24, 2010

It is "Blue Lake"

“What’s the plan for this weekend?” was the question for last few days, from every one of us.... Indiana dunes ? Dayton? Indy again ? And finally the answer is "Blue Lake", in Churbusco, IN 46723.

The beautiful deep-blue lake is situated about 20 minutes north of Fort Wayne; It’s one of the largest lakes (240 acres), I have ever seen in the US. Several of the campsites are located directly on the lake. A boat ramp is located close to the campground.

Many people enjoyed with Swimming, Water bikes, fishing, and skiing. We got the opportunity to get-in and enjoy the water by renting a paddle boat.

This time, we missed a lot of fun as we didn’t carry our swim trunks. We’d come here again with ourselves completely ready for the water blast and fun.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Hanging Rock - Salamonie Reservoir

This week it’s obvious that the warmer weather made us to avoid any long trips and we decided to look around our own town- Huntington 46750. Throwing a dart at the map, we decided our target as upper Wabash region.

Our first spot was “Hanging Rock”.

It is an undercut limestone rocks that heights nearly 90 feet above the Wabash River. What makes the rock so unusual is the fact that it seems wholly out of place in the flat and agriculture-infested landscape of the area.

We climbed to the top of the rock on a worn path. (Though it’s not that tall ) Once on top, with no handholds or guardrails, the feeling was enough to induce a small fear within us.

The view from top was expansive. A few snaps on the top of the rock; we climbed down and got ready for the next target Salamonie Dam.

Back in the car, we drove south for two miles into the thick Salamonie State Forest; heading towards the Reservoir of the same name.

The state forest road to the reservoir was so thrilling with enough bends and spills. We could see many people camping in that thick forest out-skirts. There are some recreational stuff like horse riding, fishing, and a Children park around the dam.

After enjoying the scenic beauty of the waters and forest for an hour; we drove back through the gorgeous forest over the delighting late evening sunlight.

A wonderful day!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Date Night (2010)

Last night, we watched “Date Night” by Shawn Levy, Staring: Steve Carell, Tina Fey...

The couple- Phil and Claire Foster (Carell and Fey) are a sensible, loving couple with two kids. They’re still in love but they secretly afraid the other will file for divorce at any moment due to their dreary lifestyle.

Determined to break out of their funk, Phil and Claire go for a date night in the city. As they hopelessly wait for a table at a completely booked restaurant, Phil decides they should take the table of an absent party, the Tripplehorns.

Unfortunately, the Tripplehorns are mixed up in some bad business and a case of mistaken identity forces Phil and Claire to run for their lives and get off the hook before they get exhausted by the criminal gang and cops.

The script is not that great; but the real laugh comes from the actors delivering the dialog with personality and wit. Not laugh out loud the whole time, but consistent laughs throughout.We just enjoyed the complete 1.5hours of fun.

I would recommend to watch @ 7/10.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Happy Birthday to me !

I was not the one who really gets excited about his birthday and I was not into the habit of celebrating birthdays. But this year is so special, and I felt that I have every reason to celebrate.

This is my first birthday after our wedding. I have my lovely girl with me – to make me smile, to make me cheer, to make me contented...I am totally flattered with all her love and surprises on my day.

07th July - Wednesday – Before the Birthday
I almost forgot that the next day is my B’day; and was unusually late from office. It was near 7.30PM when I reached home.

To my surprise, She greeted me with full of smile and sweets. She had prepared Carrot kheer and my favorite Mushroom Bhaji-Chutney. After some 10 -12 calls to her mom during the entire while, somehow she’d managed to prepare the dishes to perfect. I never know that, she could become such a great cook;-).

07th July – Wednesday Night
After the dinner, I was talking to our parents, brothers and getting all their wishes, - walking on the corridors. When I came in to the house, there again was a surprise for me!!!

Our couch was filled with Birthday Balloons; and a beautiful Coco-Choco Cake & Candles in front. Wow!.. I am completely amazed!.

She gifted me a new shirt. Within seconds, I became so smart with new dress and got ready for the Cake cutting. She sang the birthday song for me; and we shared the cake.

She’s presented all the gifts - she bought specially for me from India. It was wonderful romantic birthday night, where only we TWO were there.

08th July – Birthday
I wish today is a holiday. But I had to go to office :-(

In the evening, again she surprised with some more of my favorites Milk Payasam, Banana Pudding,Onion Bhaji,and Jamuns!!!

For Dinner, We with our Indian friends went for a lovely Dinner at a Mexican Restaurant. I took care of the complete Non-Veg part and so sad she could take only tortillas and some leaves:-).

Overall, It was a very beautiful day in my life.

Thank you, Sweet Heart.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Indy - Motor Speedway - Hall of Fame Museum

This is Independence day long weekend; We hardly wanted to go out for a short trip outside Huntington. Since it is a short drive to Indianapolis, we decided Indy as our tour spot for the outing.

We first headed towards the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – The Racing Capital of the World., home to the Indy 500,the Brickyard 400 and the Indy Moto GP!

This was the first time that I have ever been to a racing track, or a racing museum. The museum is located in the centre of the track, so upon entering we drive right under the track itself.

As a racetrack, the Speedway is very different to all the other ovals. Firstly, it is longer, 2.5 miles long. Secondly, it has two long straights (5/8 mile each), 4 corners and 2 short chutes connecting Turns 1 and 2 as well as 3 and 4. So it is more like a rounded off rectangle. It seats nearly 400,000 on a 500 Raceday.

We toured the Hall of Fame Museum, which was really cool! They had about 70 cars on display from 1887 to 2007! It was glorious to see how race cars looked like a century ago and to learn the history of the Speedway.

I’m not sure when I’ll get back there. I would love to make it back for the next year-2011 -Indy 500 live thrill. Life has a way of getting in the way sometimes, but I wish that I will return !.

Sunday, July 4, 2010