Day 24, Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Who knew that the Midwest has such small waterfalls? I guess it makes sense, being that the Midwest is so very much flatter than the foothills and mountains that stretch out less than an hour from my sea-level home. I left Marilyn’s house about noon, and made my way towards Indianapolis. Cataract Falls was along the way!
Cataract Falls State Park contains the largest waterfall by volume in Indiana, a two fall combo that separately measure at 18 and 20 feet, and combine to create an impressive 38 foot cascade! It is considered to be a little taller than that, because there are a series of smaller cascades over the course of the half-mile of Cataract Falls. Alright, maybe impressive is a bit of an overstatement, especially for those of us who have seen waterfalls over 600 feet tall at home. However, if 38 feet is what Indiana has to offer, I’ll go see it. I wandered around and relaxed a little bit, but it was too hot to hike that day.
The park also has a covered bridge, which largely looks like the covered bridges near Dana, Indiana, except that it a solid red with no white accents. The Cataract Falls covered bridge was finished in 1876, and is the only remaining covered bridge in Owens County. It is unusual because of its construction with a Smith Truss design, rather than the more common Burr Arch Truss that is found on most Indiana covered bridges. It was pretty, but given my experience from the day before, I waited until another man walked inside before I did. I will probably always do this with covered bridges now.
I also stopped at the tiny community of Cataract just outside of the state park. They have a historic general store, originally built in 1860, filled with various antiques and snack items. I didn’t find any antiques I had to have but did purchase a few of their unique soda options – I bought two to try. That’s one of the nice things about traveling – you get out of your comfort zone and try foods and drinks that you might not otherwise pick at home!
That evening I headed to my friend Will’s house, outside of Indianapolis. That evening we had turkey tacos for dinner, the first time in almost a month that I actually made a home cooked meal, in a home, with more than a couple ingredients. It was soooo delicious!