Friday, September 7, 2012

Road trip with Tootie & Gavin

I've been wanting to go back to the Overlook Restaurant in Leavenworth, Indiana every since Shawn and I ate there a couple years ago.  When we took our day trip last month, I wanted to stop, but we didn't get the chance too.  So last Saturday I asked my sister and Gavin to join me on a little adventure.  We went to the Overlook to eat lunch and then drove the Ohio River Scenic road back home. 

We took the interstate to the restaurant cause it was fastest.  I was amazed at all of the color that is starting to pop out on the trees already!  I love fall time!  It's probably my favorite time of the year!  I had my sister take this picture since I was driving....I don't think it would of been safe for me to be snapping pictures driving 75 down the interstate!  All along the way, especially while we were in the Hoosier National Forest, there was alot of color already starting to pop!  It reminded me so much of Gatlinburg when we go there in the fall!  Shawn and I will definitely have to be taking some little day trips this fall so I can get my color fix!

The view of the Ohio River and surrounding area from the Overlook is simply amazing!  As you can tell by the pictures, the day we went was pretty gloomy!  And every seat in the restaurant has views like this!  The Overlook really is a neat place to dine! 

Not only is their views amazing, so is there food!  I had the roast beef manhattan again, and of course I had to get a piece of their coconut creme pie for dessert.  I forgot to take a picture of it before I started chowing down :(  I guess this just means I'll have to go back soon to get that picture :)

I had read online that there was a little general store in the area so we stopped in there to look around.  Too many breakable things in there for little Gavin hands.  He was in love with all of the marbles they had.  I didn't buy him any though, I still think he's too little for those.

Next stop on the trip was a pull off called Buzzard Roost Overlook.  Well I say pull off cause that's what it said on the Internet.  It actually seemed like it took us forever to get there - turn here, turn there, turn here.  I started getting worried on our way to finding it cause the car gas tank showed a quarter tank of gas and I can tell you that there was no gas stations in sight!  Once we finally made it, there was some nice scenery and lots of fall color!

After leaving Buzzard Roost, all I wanted to do was find a gas station!  As we were driving down the road, we came upon one quick!  Thank you Jesus!  I had to take a picture of the old school pumps.  And you had to go in to pay; there was no credit card swiper.  These old gas pumps reminded me of the ones at the gas station back home growing up.

We drove through a few more small towns on our way home, but there was really nothing to stop and see or take pictures of. 

On our way through Troy, Indiana, there was a covered bridge I wanted to stop off and see.  Right before we got there, Gavin fell asleep in the back seat so we didn't stay long or venture around much cause he was asleep in the car.  I didn't even realize that there were covered bridges in this area.  And upon further investigation from Bridge Hunter, there are a few more in Evansville and the nearby areas, which I will be going to photograph in the near future.  The bridge we visited was called the Huffman Mill Bridge.  You can go to Huffman Mill Blog to learn more about this bridge. 

And of course I had to take a picture of Gavin having a fit.  You really don't see much of the fit in this picture, but I can see that pouty red face and remember him screaming at us because we didn't want to stay at the park and let him play in the dirty sand.  We are a bad mommy and aunt!

And last but not least, when a little boy has to go, he has to go!

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