Thursday, August 13, 2009

French Lick....the best name for a town, ever - hands down!

They were all holding their noses because the "springs" smell just like rotten eggs from the sulfur, it was pretty smelly - evidently people thought if it smelled bad it would be a good idea to soak in it!

Don't think I'm a vegetarian eating this huge hunk of beef, but was good, and I tried to balance it a little with the asparagus

So we went with Grandma and Grandpa Wilkey to French Lick, Indiana for a few days this week. It was crazy, crazy fun!

French Lick, Indiana was a resort town in the late 1800s and early 1900s. There are sulfer springs located there and all the rich and famous of the day went there to relax and recharge. It is very pretty. There are two hotels, French Lick and West Baden Springs. When the hotel at West Baden was built it was the largest dome roof ever attempted and was not surpassed until the 1960s. The bummer part of the story is that both hotels were closed during the depression and both fell into disrepair.

In the late 1990s they were purchased and renovated at a cost of $500,000,000 - yes that is right, $500 million dollars. They were reopened in 2007. It is seriously gorgeous and seriously expensive. There is also a casino there, and my grammy loves the slots!

We played, shopped, gambled, grandma and I had spa treatments and Nate golfed. We ate out at great restaurants.

Really, really funny story about gambling - I HATE gambling, cause I DO NOT want to lose money. However, for first time gamblers who establish an "account" they give you $20 free gambling money for the slots. So all four of us got $20 "seed" money to gamble with - here is how we all ended:

Grandma - came out with $7
Grandpa - came out with $11
Nate - came out with $13.50
Jen! - came out with $25

Oh yes, I WON! Everyone says I am lucky - really, I do tend to do better than everyone else - a little bit of money usually lasts me longer and most always I break even. I sure wish I were the kind of lucky that won "big" money, but alas, it is not to be!

Everyone else spent all their money, but I chose to buy a Christmas ornament with mine so I have something to remember the trip by!

On our way home we also went to Nashville, IN in Brown County - we had a great lunch at the Nashville House, which was delicious - but I am still working on digesting those fried biscuits! We shopped around a bit but then had to head back to Indy to pick up Hansy from our great friends who kept him for the second time in a month!

At least this time we could help them by watching their dog, Sadie, while they go out of town for a few days.

That really brings us to today. I did a BIG list of errands and things that had to be done today. We were pretty much out of food, had to do banking, print off pics, go to the library, and just some odds and ends.

Just a few more days until Nate starts school back up. On a more serious note, I am not really sure where that leaves me for right now. I guess just trust and take it a day at a time for a while, we will just wait and see what falls in to place.

Lots of love to all! More updates and insights soon!

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