My Evansville, IN Trip #4 Old Favs

I will admit on my last trip, that I really didn’t do very much. But these days post pandemic has kinda of caused a hiccup in my plans. The Museums I hope to hit today aren’t even open to tomorrow. So I am taking today to catch up on my photos.

My trip yesterday began with a rude Uber Driver. I know reporting them to Uber won’t do any good, simply because I am scared any complaint I make will get back to them of someone I am scared about.

After a drop off and many block walk I went to Penny Lane Coffee House. Super nice and the Orange juice and banana smoothee I had recharged my battery.

Then on to the Reitz House

A Victorian Home which I last saw 4 years ago, although the tour this year was shorter this year. Mainly due to on going repairs after all the house is over 150 years old

After lunch I went to the river front, 4 years ago it was flooded

But not this year
I know it doesn’t look that big of drop, but that 2nd photo proves my point. Turns out it is also a local hangout.

There will be only 1 report after this. I plan on leaving on Sunday to return to my HQ.

My Evansville Trip #3: Mesker Park Zoo

One of my actual goals for this trip was to go to places that I never been. Mesker Park Zoo was certainly one of them.

Next to Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, IL it is certainly one of the largest zoos that I have ever been. It’s also one of the nicest friendly staff, animal encounters that make you feel all warm inside, a Tram you are happy that is there. As well as a restaurant that had a really nice selection. Usually zoo fare is the standard pizza, hot dogs, etc. You can get here a grilled chicken sandwich and even beer.

The lack of photos in this and previous posts echo an issue I have been having. My friend as a tricky wifi password and some of my devices are not connecting. This and previous posts will be updated later.


Can you believe this is inside a building at a Zoo?!!! They can it Amazonia, I call it amazing

The lake there was a former quarry

My Evansville Trip #2: From Tired to Fun

Yesterday was my 1st day to go to a few places I missed on my last visit.

First up was Evansville Wartime Museum

What your looking at is a Sherman Tank, if you don’t know anything about them I suggest you do. They were the main tank of WW2, being among all this was wonderful for this History Buff. The museum itself is a but small but what they makes it well worth coming there. The P 47 another look up was simply WOW!

Walther’s Fur and Games on the other hand was pure fun. Played 32 holes of mini golf with a friend.

Frankly we both were so bad we could not help but laugh. Hopefully be back one more time before I return home on Sunday.

The Mesker Zoo today, more on that tomorrow

Evansville Trip #1: What Could Go Wrong?

All I had to do Friday was head down to the Greyhound station and get on the bus. You think “What could go wrong?” For a while it was what didn’t do right. My bus was scheduled to leave at 10:20PM. At 10:10PM it vanished from what was going to depart. I wasn’t the only one wondering WTF, turn out the Driver didn’t show. Then as they told us this bus that will leave at 11:40PM will take me to Louisville, where I had to catch this connection. Didn’t know anything, they were apart of the regular route between Chicago to Indianapolis. Which is where I was dumped at 4:43AM with zero idea what was going to happen. Lucky there turned out to be a bus between Indianapolis and Evansville. Once I was able to talk to the Ticket Agent at 6AM it was set.

The rest was simple the driver took my ticket, I got on board and some 6 hours later Evansville.

El Patron Mexican Food; excellent food

GD Ritzy’s: OMG the flavors of ice cream

I crashed at 8PM I was so tried, more tomorrow

My Trip to Evansville, IN Part 3

To continue from yesterday

LST 325 – WW2 Landing Ship Tank

Was totally amazing, this history buff loved it!!! Not only did I learn about a ship that helped support the D-Day Invasion. But the unusual story of how it got to Evansville. On a personal note if I knew they actually cruised up and down Ohio River. I would have altered my own plans to possibly come early to be a part of such a cruise.

They even have one of the Jeeps used in the M*A*S*H movie

More details on Wikipedia

Reitz Home Museum

Was such a highlight for me, everywhere you looked both inside and outside that house you saw something you never have seen before like pre-1900 clothes drier.

Dream Car Museum

The word WOW!!! falls far short of how amazing this place is. I took over 200 photos, I don’t know how many my friend took. I don’t care if you are into cars or not….WOW!!!!

Them also having the fire truck used in the Emergency TV series was delightful

More tomorrow

My Trip to Evansville, IN Part 2

My first full day by myself with my friend at work started where my friend actually suggested the nearby Visitor’s Center.

But it was also a huge as it was located on the Ohio River

as well as 2 museums

The Evansville Museum

Which wasn’t open when I arrived at 11 AM it seems a lot of places in Evansville run on Evansville time. Meaning they open late or have odd hours. But it did give me a chance to check out their transport museum which was next door.

As far as museums go it’s small but it does have some interesting exhibits like the steam locomotive and historic train cars you can walk through but what I found the most interesting was this.

In case you are wondering what that is, it’s a hearse pulled by horses. I seen them in the movies more time than I could count but to see one in person was so cool.

When I finished the other museum was finally open. The Evansville Museum is small but they do have a nice collection. The Pioneer Village I really liked as you get to see the everyday items from the past you just don’t see anymore.

No that wasn’t all I did, I then went to Walton’s Comfort Food it’s a restaurant in the area. Back at the turn of the 1900s it was a carmaker.

Their outdoor bar is the coolest one I ever seen

My Trip to Evansville, IN Part 1

When a longtime friend asked me to come and see him in Evansville, IN I really knew nothing about Evansville. The more he kept on asking the more I finally thought about going. Besides, literally, everyone has told me directly I needed a vacation BADLY. I understood why with all the issues I have been through in the last 10 years or so I finally decided to go, and like everyone else in my situation I looked up Evansville online and frankly, it only helped me choose a few places I would later see. But about the city and what it was like not at all.

Greyhound was an experience unto itself. But when I arrived and my friend met me he gave me the primer on the city. He lived in Haynie’s Corner a sort of art district filled with historic homes, and the nearby Ohio River and Downtown. I swear you could miss downtown Evansville if you didn’t know what you were looking for.

Well anyway, Evansville is right out of the Andy Griffith Show. Meaning tons of old buildings, historic homes and a few modern places around like the Tropicana casino where I had breakfast once. In my opinion, Evansville, even though it does have a bus system (I don’t drive), is a place where you need a car to get around. Reason being nothing is close, save for a few places near Downtown which I will get into more details in my next article. My friend drove me around to go to Golden Corral and a few other places during my stay and my Google Map app said he drove 18 miles. All the trips he was able to take me all averaged the same distance. It seems most of the shops and restaurants are on the west side of town or to the north. Frankly, I wish I could have gone wondering more than I did but a combo of the heat and humidity and my curiosity of the neighborhood I was staying with kept me from wondering but my walks did average 3.7 miles I only found that out this morning.

Evansville and the people who live there is a friendly place, everyone including a cop I met on one of my walks often said, “HI” and where are you from. In case your wondering the officer actually gave me some good advice like checking out online when a shop was open as most don’t post there hours and what areas I might find interesting and what were the better restaurants. One that officer suggested was fantastic I never had biscuits and gravy and really excellent sweet tea before. As trouble as some cops can be that officer was more like a tour guide that police officer. Traffic is nonexistent most of the time, I swear you didn’t even have to look to cross the street. There are a few traffic signals near downtown but not as many as you think. They don’t even have Traffic Reports on the local news. Road Rage never heard of it down there. Jobs…I actually saw 11 Help Wanted signs during my stay, all average $14 an hour plus benefits. Food was cheap you could get an avocado of 99 cents, in Chicago, it averages $1.79 to $2.50. I was able to pick up a 6 pack of bottles of soda for $2.49 and it wasn’t on sale. My friend had a nice large 1 bedroom apt for now get this $525 a month. You could actually get a large 5 bedroom home here, with stable and swimming pool for under $300,000 there.

I am just stating the facts.

It was really nice down there and I am thinking of a return visit in 2019 but this time I will be prepared more, like getting that app on my phone to update my blog. I also missed a few places.


Thrift stores down there are amazing. When I say thrift store furniture you know what I am saying, cheap, tacky furniture near the end of its life. But down there like new, stuff you would see either on Craig’s List or Ebay and I have new found respect for Habitat for Humanity Restores there stuff is amazing. I could refurnish my entire apartment down there with less month than my landlord charges for rent…including getting a better stove than what is sitting in my kitchen right now.