When I was a kid, I recall frequent drives to my grandparents’ houses. They lived about 2 hours away in or near the little southwestern Indiana town of Huntingburg. The road was full of twists and turns, along which my sister and I were apparently sometimes a bit too silly in the backseat as I recall a time or two stopping along the roadside to be paddled by my dad (I recall being paddled along the roadside as truly humiliating …).
Now living in boring, flat northern Indiana, I can more fully appreciate the rolling scenery of the southern part of the state. Caves abounded – lots of limestone – roads frequently cut through rock where you could see the various layers zooming by on each side of the vehicle.
One feature we would frequently see and comment on was jug rock near Shoals, Indiana. A little online searching reveals that it’s made of sandstone, is 42′ high, and is the largest free standing table rock formation east of the Mississippi. It was formed 285 – 326 million years ago, and also has a companion feature, “table rock” (Hmmm … don’t recall ever seeing table rock).
Frequently heard on trips were “How long till the jug rock?”; “Have we passed jug rock yet?”; “Jug rock is just around the next corner!” Once we even got out and walked up to get a closer look; as I recall though, there’s a steep drop off from the road to the area around the base of the rock and we never got too close. In warmer months there was often quite a bit of stuff growing on top of jug rock, which was neat to see.
Do you remember any interesting physical features of the land that you enjoyed as a child?