52 sundays; march 20, 2011

I had an early start in Southern Indiana today!

This is The Professor, and I am on the road this weekend with a crew of my college students who are shooting video for a tourism website.  As much as Debra and I  hate being apart, she stayed on the home front to catch up after last week’s Go Savor extravaganza in Savannah.

Some of my students are shooting footage of some of the historical sites in various parts of Indiana. Yesterday we were at Spring Mill State Park – a 1358-acre park located south of Bloomington near the town of Mitchell on Indiana Highway 60.

A portion of the park is protected virgin timber but the preserve is widely known for its limestone caves and large number of sinkholes – more than 1000 per square mile!

And here’s a bit of trivia for you:  Did you know that Gus Grissom, one of the original Mercury Seven astronauts was a native resident of Mitchell?  When he died in the Apollo 1 accident, a memorial was built in his honor and features the spacecraft from Grissom’s Gemini 3 flight, nicknamed ‘Molly Brown’ by Grissom; the memorial also includes a short video about Grissom as well as some of his personal belongings.

We then visited Bluespring  Caverns, which is a cave system stretching 21.5 miles; the featured activity is an hour-long boat ride on the subterranean river in a 17-person boat equipped with lighting.  It was amazing, however I’m not sure Debra would have found it so enjoyable – slightly claustrophobic.

So, we have one more day of shooting and I’m anxious to get back home.  But here is a picture of the students that were on the crew today at a limestone quarry.    The limestone in this area has been noted to have the highest quality quarried limestone in the United States.

I’ll be home tomorrow, babe!


  1. Fascinating! I have never been to Indiana and had no idea… GREG

  2. Oh how I miss you guys!

  3. Beautiful photos & great post, Rod!

  4. Looks like a fun trip & it is so fun to hear from the professor!

  5. Great little tour and history lesson. Make your way home quickly and safely!

  6. What a fun trip! Safe travels, Professor!

  7. Hello Prof! What a fun trip and what exciting sites! Your students look like they are having a fabulously fun time. I know Debra misses you when you’re away but we woman always love a bit of alone time (chick flicks on tv and lots of chocolate cake 😉 Have a great trip and thanks so much for sharing!

  8. Hello Professor! I thought about heading over to Indiana while you were gone to get into some girl trouble with Debra, but I decided I needed to stay home too after Savannah. Next time…

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