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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Traversing Indiana

Aloha Everyone,

Indiana's state motto is Crossroads of America. This is appropriate as the state has more miles of Interstate Highway per square mile and more major highways intersect than any other states. We entered Indiana from I-69 and saw the skyline of Indianapolis from the highway.

Before the arrival of the pioneers, more than 80% of the state's land was covered with forest. Today only 17% of the Indiana's land is forested.

In Southern Indiana there are limestone deposits that are one of the richest and top-quality found anywhere on earth. The Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center in New York as well as the Pentagon and a dozen other government buildings in Washington D.C. plus 14 state capitols around the country are built from this beautiful Indiana limestone.

Indiana means "Land of the Indians". However, today, there are a fewer than 8,000 Native Americans living in the state. We also have not yet seen any Indian Trading Posts or souvenir shops and casinos that are frequently seen in the western states.

Indiana's shoreline with Lake Michigan is only 40 miles long, but Indiana is still considered a Great Lakes State. Tonight we are staying at Caboose Lake Campground in Remington.  We have a lake frontage site to enjoy this beautiful autumn weather.

Aloha -- Cathi