Almost 8 years ago to the day was our first trip to West Baden. Can’t believe it’s taken us 8 years to get back.
I really don’t want to ruin it, but the days after Thanksgiving, well the place is empty. We did the Saturday/Sunday/Monday thing and had the place to ourselves again. There probably weren’t a dozen other guests at the hotel on Sunday. What a great way to spend a long weekend.
This trip we didn’t spend any time at the casino. Instead we ran around antiquing and checking out the French Lick Winery.
I did skip the massage this time and let Claudine use all of the spa credit for herself.
Matthew and I, both fighting illness and on the back end of getting rid of strep and/or bronchitis. Were bored to tears at home so we packed up our golf clubs and headed to the little Diamond In the Rough down the road. I didn’t blog about this place last year when I found it because I wanted to keep it to myself.
I’m talking about Forest Hills Country Club. Smack dab in the middle of Middletown, Ohio is this little 100+ year old 9-hole golf course. It is not fancy, but it is challenging and tough. 5 par 3’s and 4 par 4’s, with two sets of Tees for each hole that makes each hole different enough to keep it interesting. (3 of the par 3’s are 200 yards from one set of tees). Narrow fairways and small greens. A nice, quiet (and cheap) place to play golf that’s literally 5 minutes from our home. We have lived here for 17 years and had no idea it existed until it showed up on GolfNow last year.
For those that are not aware, my daughter Maggie has been sky diving since the fall of 2015. Due to a few events in her life, she decided she wanted experience as many things as should could. She would not be held back and she would not wait around on anyone else. She took a tandem sky dive as part of her #pearladventures tour and fell in love with it and has been sky diving ever since.
So fast forward to June 12th, 2016. That’s the day that her sister Molly had scheduled her first tandem sky dive and I was there just to observe.
If you’re not aware, a tandem skydive simply means you don’t need any skills or training. You get harnessed up and strapped to an instructor. Ideally, someone who’s done this before 🙂 So you get the full effect without having to do any work.
There comes a time in every boy’s life when it’s time to learn to cut the grass. Matthew’s training started today. Fortunately for him it doesn’t involve a push mower.
Unfortunately for me, this means he’s gonna be cutting the field that was the horse pasture for a while until he gets the hang of a 800lb 60 inch zero turn mower.
And that’s probably going to be a while. But for his first time he did great! I think he only ran into about 3 or four fence posts, even though I cut the first 8-10 feet inside the fence before he got started
The best part is, it’s still going to be fun for him for a while, and doesn’t feel like work. Maybe I can get him to pay me to let him do it