Day 4 – A Shrimp Farm in Indiana?
There was a medical emergency at the West Baden Springs Hotel this morning. I was very impressed how well the staff handled the situation. Thankfully it wasn’t one of my passengers. Since it was our check out day, I was dealing with luggage handlers and front desk staff so I was well aware of their emergency situation and saw them in action. Luggage handling was delayed because of this emergency but eventually they pulled a number of staff to start collecting our bags. Our departure only experienced a minimal delay.
I learned another interesting fact – the towns of West Baden and French Lick, IN have a population of around 2000 and the 2 resort hotels employee 1800 people. The Cook Family who brought these resorts back to life have truly given back to this community and the locals are very appreciative.
Chuckle of the Day – when we attended last nights 60’s Musical Review, Paul and I were seated with a couple from Indiana. They were very friendly. He is a school teacher. During the shows intermission they told me they had been conversing and wondered if “as Canadians, do we listen to the same music that they do in the States……”
Its another beautiful blue sky, no-jacket-needed day.
Todays morning journey took us down a number of very scenic and narrow rural roads. Eventually we ended up on secondary roads and finally a 4 lane highway. We travelled on different road types all day. The favourite being when we drove down those “Country Roads”.
Its a tradition that “Travel With Bradley” Journeys stop at a Walmart as a break stop at least once. A Walmart jumped out at us at the perfect time. My passengers appreciate this stop so they could stock up on some items we can’t find at home.
Christo’s New City Grill located in Lafayette, IN put aside a private room for our luncheon. My passengers had a choice of soup or salad followed by 5 entree choices and then 7 excellent dessert choices. Their portions were massive and the fresh rolls came hot out of the oven.
We toured around the campus of famous Perdue University and saw the historic downtown of Lafayette with a local guide.
Finally we drove to a family-owned “Shrimp” Farm – one of only 3 in the USA. We learned about the poor conditions that oversea operators raise shrimp. Only a small percentage of imported shrimp is inspected when it reaches North America. It takes over 5 months for shrimp to be fully grown at this farm. When we tasted these US grown shrimp I couldn’t believe how flavourful and sweet they were. Their shell is paper thin so there was no need to peel it. No sauce is required to make these shrimp taste good – they stood on their own.
Late in the afternoon we arrived at a retro themed boutique hotel in Ft. Wayne, IN – our home for one evening. Dinner was served in one of their Ballrooms. A salad course was followed by a choice of Cod or Tuscan Chicken and then German Chocolate Cake completed the meal. Many of their king bedded rooms are themed. They put me in the Elvis Room!