Day One Hundred Seventy-three

Indianapolis–A Great Place to Walk!

When my son said he wanted to go the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, we decided to tag along and do our own thing for a few hours while he attended the Innovation Showcase (college student competition finals).  “Our own thing,” was, of course, finding a new trail and walking.

We found a really good one! 

The Central Canal Towpath runs along the historic Central Canal, north of downtown Indianapolis.  The 5.23 mile trail runs next to the historic Central Canal and connects the Monon Trail at its northeastern end and the White River Wapahani Trail at its southwestern end.  We walked the mid-section which runs along the Butler University campus.

Our timing wasn’t the best, because we walked at noon on a sunny, humid, 90° day, but we had plenty of water and took it slow, resting in some of the shady spots along the trail.  We guessed that any other time of day, the trail had enough cover and trees to shade most of the trail.

It was lovely with tall trees, iron bridges, and turtles along the edge and bobbing about in the canal.

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Once we had walked a couple of very hot miles, we knew if we were to see any more of the trail, like the historic 1872 bowstring bridge, we’d have to drive there in air- conditioned comfort.  We headed for the car.

We drove to the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) and the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, which borders a southern portion of the canal and towpath.

Indy Museum of Art 100 Acres 21It took us awhile to find the red bowstring bridge, but there was plenty of outdoor art to enjoy along the way.  There were exhibits in the parking lot, in the woods, and even in the lake.  My personal favorite was a tunnel that led to a flight of stairs.  At the top of the stairs was a walled, grassy, solitary place.  I chose one of my pictures from Park of the Laments and entered WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge:  The World Through My Eyes this week.

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We caught another favorite, Team Building (Align), on our way back to the car.  I love how this large exhibit in a grove of trees takes the eyes up to the large stacked rings suspended in the air.  I was even more surprised when I later looked at both my picture of the rings and the seasonal photos on the IMA website that it’s hard to tell if the rings are stacked or if they’re side by side.  Really cool.

Good day, good walking!

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