The Great Midwest Trip continued Indiana, Ohio

As I shared yesterday, our family just returned from two weeks on The Great Midwest Trip.
We flew from Seattle to Indianapolis, where we rented a van and drove around 1500 miles.

After spending our first full day at our Alma mater Purdue, we drove through Carmel, Indiana the town that I lived in from 6th grade until I got married.

Here is a picture that I shared in the story of us when my husband and I started dating.

Here is that red tree in the background now!
The house is still there.

I grew up in this house.
An Italianate house was built in 1860 in Greensburg, Indiana.

I haven't stepped foot in the house since I moved on the last day of my fifth-grade year 25 years ago.
But for years, I have hoped that I could see the house again.
It's a cool piece of history.

Thankfully, we happened to be in town during the owner's lunch break.
They were home and were more than happy to show us around.
Being able to see the house was at the top of my list of things to do, so I am so happy that it worked out.

The coolest part is that the new owners were replacing the wallpaper that my mom had installed back in 1987.  Before the wallpaper went up, she let us draw on the walls.
If the new owner didn't believe me that I had lived there as a kid, the pencil portrait drawings on the wall upstairs were proof!

A huge thank you to the Russell family for allowing me back into my old home to take a tour of the place!

My oldest friend from across the street has now made her way back to Greensburg and we were able to reconnect and visit some of the old haunts in downtown.
It was one of the highlights of the trip.

The only thing that Greensburg, Indiana is famous for is the famous tower tree.
A tree that grows from the top of the clock tower.
It's a mystery how the tree got there or how it grows, but it's said that the springs in the clock water it.

After leaving Greensburg, it was an hour drive to Ohio,
which now brings the state visited count to three 
{Michigan, Indiana, Ohio}

It's not a real road trip in the Midwest if you don't stop to eat dinner at Cracker Barrel.

Suggested places to visit:
Cracker Barrel
 Clay Terrace, Carmel, IN
Monon Trail and waterpark, Carmel, IN
Courthouse Tree, Greensburg, IN
Decatur County Park, Greensburg, IN

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