Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


Loop Island Wetlands, New Albany, Ind.

A professor recently told me about walking a section of the Ohio River Greenway that runs alongside Loop Island Wetlands in New Albany, Ind. Chris, Sidney and I went to check it out over the weekend.

Loop Island Wetlands

As described by my professor, the parking area is a little scary. It’s located at an old tannery. Several abandoned buildings and trailers sit at the entrance. My professor told me when he visited, he moved his car because it seemed like a place riffraff would most likely hang out.

Loop Island Wetlands parking lot

I understand what he means. All of the buildings had broken or boarded-up windows. Graffiti covered the walls of the buildings and along the trail. Based on the juvenile content, I’m sure the “artists” were teens.

We would not have been sure of our location if it weren’t for cars full of people parking and heading for the trailhead. Other clues we were in the correct place was a project development sign at the gravel lot’s entrance and parking signs posted on one of the dilapidated buildings.

We attempted to walk some dirt paths through the woods next to the wetlands, but our walk was cut short due to a minor breach in what appeared to be a man-made pond. If there was a path, it was washed out by a newly created rill.

Instead, we headed back to the paved greenway. It wound north of the wetlands and climbed a levee. Just west of the wetlands, we found an apartment community sitting below the levee. A couple played fetch with their German shepherd and other medium-sized dog. On the greenway, we walked past several teenagers, families, couples with dogs and a couple of joggers.

At the end of the greenway, we found a paved parking lot. According to the greenway’s map, that section is 0.8 miles. Eventually this section will connect to the portion we walked on when we visited the Falls of the Ohio.

Though not a relaxing walk, Loop Island Wetlands was an interesting visit.


Evansville, Indiana

As you read this, we’re probably settled in for Christmas with Chris’ family in Evansville, In. We usually head to Cincinnati for a while too, but not this year. Since we visited family in Ohio in August, we’re not going to stop by this year.

Here’s some photos from November 2007 that I snapped on my first trip to Evansville and my first trip, ever, to a state that wasn’t on the East Coast! Make sure to read the cutlines, I’ll explain the photo and posts links.

The city’s greenway, which runs along the Ohio River.

The Four Freedoms, a monument along the greenway, facing the Ohio.

University of Southern Indiana. My father-in-law tutors there.

The old courthouse, built in the late 1800s.

The old jail, located across the street from the old courthouse. It was also built in the late 1800s.

An old art deco Greyhound bus station 
The Gerst Bavarian Haus, a German restaurant, is my favorite place to eat in Evansville, with Emge’s Deli a close second! (Ignore the crazy man running at the camera.) There’s also Turoni’s Pizza, which is a favorite for the locals.

We also visited the Evansville African American Museum. It was fabulous! I was very impressed and loved all the detailed and interactive exhibits.

I have yet to visit the Angel Mounds — another Native American burial ground. I’ve been told that the mound is usually operating on off-season hours when we’re there, so we haven’t been.

In a later post, I’ll share photos from the Mesker Park Zoo, a small zoo in Chris’ hometown. We’ve already visited it a couple of times together. It recently added a rain forest exhibit and I must go check that out!

Have a very merry Christmas and talk with you soon!