Our Indiana Bicentennial Year has ended as has the Centennial of the State Park and National park systems.
We logged a total of 147 birds, 93 of which were in the State Parks and Reservoirs.
We visited all 24 state parks, 8 lakes and state recreation areas, all 3 national sites (seashore, memorial and national park).
We visited all 92 counties and several state historic sites.
I logged 68.81 hiking miles. ROC logged 27.16 hiking miles. SAC logged 55.96 hiking miles.
I logged 45.28 Advanced Indiana Master Naturalist volunteer hours and 14.65 IMN learning hours.
Highlights: Whooping Cranes, Pacific Loon, Blackburnian Warbler, Blue Grosbeak, Mississippe Kite, Wilson’s Snipe, Smith’s Longspur and Great Horned Owl on the nest.
We enjoyed seeing the state, driving the backroads and visiting the many beautiful small towns and county seats and visiting all the sites. Weather quite often seemed against us, but welcome to Indiana! We haven’t added up the miles driven, or the dollars spent. That may be added at a later date!
Lesson to be learned – Get out and visit your home state. You never know what’s around the bend!