The brochure offered a “Trail of Art” in downtown Lafayette. We could not miss that, so we parked the car and set off. We saw a good number of the statues, most were modern interpretive structures. The description often hard to visualize. The most memorable for me was “The Offering” the smallest of all but it tore a whole in my heart. The hands holding the infant are the mother and the father. Their child ends up sacrificed in war for the freedom of others. My heart breaks for those parents who lovingly raise a child with no idea what the future holds.
We poked around some stores, walked over the Wabash river on the pedestrian bridge, and finally ended up in the “Java Roaster” sitting on a big comfy couch, listening to soft jazz and enjoying a delicious coffee. It was great to sink into the softness after spending so much time in a vehicle. We lingered there a while savouring the coffee and the atmosphere.
Next stop was the Battle grounds where Harrison had camped and the Indian leader, the Prophet attacked and lost. This led up to the War of 1812. The Battle happened on the banks of the Tippecanoe river. It felt rather strange to walk the grounds where so many lost their life and to realize that the same trees were still there. One tree still had the marks of bullets in it.
Indiana claims to be the covered bridge capital of the world. We found a map and set the GPS for covered bridges and we were off on the road again. We were headed south and soon found what we were looking for. Covered bridges in abundance. It was fun, some we were able to drive through, others were off to the side of the road We enjoyed playing in and around various bridges.