It is an iconic state park in this area -- located in Indiana less than 1 1/2 hours away from our house! We haven't visited in over 25 years! Being one of the State's original parks, Pokagon features the unique work of the Civilian Conservation Corps, whose members lived and worked in the park from 1934 to 1942. The "boys of the CCC" built the beautiful stone and log structures that dot the park. Why on earth have we not camped in this beautiful Indiana State Park for so long?
The plan for this camp out was hatched several months ago and included camping pals Steve, Cindy, and Eric in their VISTA, Dave, Gayle, and Norma in their Bullet, and Tom and me in the SILVERMINE! The camp out was only two nights, but an absolute bull's-eye on the color calendar for leaf-peeping in Northern Indiana!
We met in Fort Wayne and convoyed the 50 miles to Pocagon. By 2:00 we were all set up in a nice little circle formation.
The plan for the afternoon? Sitting around a campfire -- and all that comes with that strategy. Then, dinner and more . . . sitting around the campfire!
For me, there is nothing quite as cozy as the Silvermine at bedtime -- homemade quilts and lots of pillows -- Ipads, Kindles and TV . . .
Saturday we split up -- some to the Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg Auto Museum in Auburn, and some to the outlet mall 2 miles away! Those shopping found good bargains at the kitchen supply, clothing stores and shoe stores. Those drooling over cars found their dream ride! We all met back at the campground to temperatures barely reaching 50 degrees, and a perfect pre-made plan to go out to eat! We located Mulligans, a nearby golf-course restaurant, with good food and perfect atmosphere.
Sunday morning we were up early, as usual, and heading for home. This is a carry-over from the days that Tom needed to get home to get ready for school on Monday . . . some habits don't retire easily! Before leaving the sate park, however, Tom took me on a quick tour of the Pottawatomie Inn.
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown