Stay-Go-Be-Do #1

Post 33/2020 Monday 19 October Many people know that these public health measures carry solid force: Avoid crowded settings, keep social distance, do small gatherings outdoors, wash your hands for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer, and wear a mask.

(Featured image) Pumpkin tower at the main intersection in Wakarusa, not to be confused with a roundabout. We went through the village on our way to Potato Creek State Park.)

Over the last three days we aimed at applying those measures out and about, which twice included eating lunch in a restaurant.

Mixing it up, quietly, with the wild ones, we came across this deer family in OxBow Park.

Finding a good place for lunch wasn’t easy. On Friday we arrived at a family restaurant that did not require masks upon entering. Only one of the people going in wore one. There was an ah shucks sign on the door that said it’s hard to eat while wearing a mask. I agree, eating a mask would cause indigestion. We tarried not. Instead, we found a nearby pub, uncrowded, mask observant. The cook served up the tastiest burger I’ve had in a long time. He even downsized it to a lunchtime portion.

On Saturday, our chosen restaurant proved to be too crowded. The next place offered only a buffet, though they supplied gloves. Nah, no buffet. We ended up at a pub, had a nice corner window table. We were early, so there were few other customers. We had a passable, nonanxiety-producing meal.

Eating out is work, but we try to include it as an occasional part of creating bubble vibe. Until now we’ve been able to eat in out-of-door settings. Going indoors for a meal out now presents more challenges. We’ll continue to look for safe venues, good food, often at off-hours, and maybe catch a warm day to picnic or order a meal to eat al fresco.

We’ve been fortunate to see the colors and activities of fall all about northern Indiana. Harvesting of beans and corn is in full swing.

Walking again proved to boost our bubble vibe last week. We visited a city trail in Syracuse, two state parks, a county park, did walks around our city, Goshen, and spent a few days in LaGrange County.

Syracuse, Indiana

Sunday afternoon (Oct. 11) proved sunny and perfect for a walk in Syracuse, except our map failed to get us all the way around a new area. So we just retraced our steps. We had lunch out-of-doors at Pat’s Chicago Dog.
Cornfield on a backroad after leaving Syracuse.

Oxbow County Park

The Elkhart River flows through Oxbow County Park.
Who, how, when the Fairy Garden gets tended remains a mystery.
A mother and three fawns spied us but did not run off. We watched each other for a few long minutes and then we backed off and took another path.
Milkweed, aptly named.

Potato Creek State Park

The cemetery remains in use.
The park includes 3,840 acres. The 327-acre Worster Lake is named for early supporter Darcey Worster, who sent his hand-crafted insects to state officials to “bug” them about creating a park. Potato Creek became a reality in 1977. Native Americans once collected plants with potato-like roots on the area’s creek banks.

One can not help but be grateful to early conservationists who promoted the development of state parks and the government that created them and maintains them for the benefit of people and as a natural habitat for a variety of wildlife and plants. Thank you, Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Chain O’ Lakes State Park

Marty and I met only a few people on the trails. There are 12 hiking trails in the 2,718 acre / 212 surface acres of water in nine connecting lakes, that make up Chain O’ Lakes State Park. There’s boating, camping, cabins, fishing, and more offered in the two miles wide and four miles long park, formed by the continental glacier of the Wisconsin Age.
Can an insect read the trail map? Or just be a pest?
Two cookies from Greencroft staff were part of our picnic lunch beside Sand Lake. Other lunch items: Cheese sandwich, carrots and celery, apple. No chips.
A Killdeer entertained us while we ate lunch.

A ride east in LaGrange County

A fitting reminder, and gratitude, that treatments for breast cancer get good results for people we care about and love.
In winter and early spring these maples are tapped for sap to make maple syrup.
The days of single- and double-row cornpickers are not over.
We enjoyed a couple rounds of Five Crowns and Canasta with sister Mary and brother-in-law, Gerald Miller at their cottage at Oliver Lake.
One of the last blooms of fall, beauty now, a promise for next year.

Surely everyone knows what guidelines to follow to protect oneself and others from Covid-19. Know also, that you need not stay six feet away or wear a mask to smell the roses.

May you be blessed with safe, surprise-filled, restorative breaks in your total bubble vibe.


8 thoughts on “Stay-Go-Be-Do #1

  1. Congratulations, John, on a new title and new series! You’ve captured the beauty of the changing season and entertained us with your account of finding suitable places to eat during the pandemic. We’ve not ventured to eat out yet, though we’ve ordered take-out meals. Stopped at two banks this morning in an effort to set up a new account, but neither would permit entrance without an appointment. Our world keeps changing!


    1. Thanks, Marlene. Always a pleasure to hear from you, as from Stanley. Change indeed is in the air. Good change is the hunch I’m holding. Humor helps a lot. So much of the chaos in the world is so obviously preventable, I believe, and I see more and more people following that path of prevention, anti-prevarication, and promise, the latter as recorded in The Letter of James. James clearly outlines many truths of how to be mature and complete “lacking in nothing” (1:4). I especially like what he says about the tongue: (3:6-12). We’ve had evidence galore that “no one can tame the tongue . . . (3:8). Still, let the days ahead bring a diminution in the current cacophony.


  2. Oh glorious walks in nature. One thing that we are still allowed to do. The fall colours are still spectacular, even on gloomy, rainy days.


    1. Yes, indeed, Kaye, we’re enjoying a spectacular fall and gathering “good experiences” in our storehouse for the winter season. A little like mom used to do with all that canning. Sustenance for spirit and body. Best!


  3. Finding indoor restaurants that feel safe can be challenging these days! Thanks for all the photos. The Fairies must be upset too by 2020!


    May the God of Wonder be with you, delighting you with the beauty of sunrise and the majesty of sunset, with the song of the bird and the fragrance of the flower.



    1. Thank goodness the fairies remind us to keep our sense of mystery, even humor, as there’s so much to discourage one. Let the fragrance of the flower stir us in wonder and delight.


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