Southern Indiana, where I grew up, isn’t famous for its natural attractions. But one that I visited several times in my youth was Spring Mill State Park. The park is named after the mill, and here I am in front of it, with my sister and dad, in 1974, when I was nine years old. Check out those stylish polyester pants we’re all sporting, and I also am wearing that ’70s staple, the smock top, complete with a pointy-collared shirt beneath.
Spring Mill was the destination for the “big” school field trip during elementary school. I don’t even remember which grade it was anymore now — maybe fourth, since that’s the “Indiana history” year, but it kind of seems like we were older. My dad was a teacher, so sometimes my siblings or I got to attend with him when his class visited.
Now, my own girls have visited Spring Mill with their 4th grade classes. It’s fun, and kind of comforting, to see that even though times and fashions change, the good old mill looks pretty much identical, 35 years later:
Have you ever visited Spring Mill? Or if you’re not a Hoosier — does your state have a site (or sites) where school kids commonly trek for field trips?