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Summer’s Last Weekend – Madison Indiana

by Richie

Autumn is coming. There’s a little nip in the night air. But first there’s some glorious late summer weather to enjoy.


I came back to Madison, Indiana to spend a long weekend while the weather was still perfect. Madison is famous for hydroplane boat racing on the Ohio River. While most events were canceled this year due to the never-ending pandemic, the Vintage Thunder boat race was held at a socially safe distance.

I stayed at the City of Madison campground which is bare-bones, no frills, and crowded on the weekends. But it’s a perfect place to watch the boat race from the back of your camper.

Madison really is a lovely town. Every street is filled with historic homes and downtown is charming and usually bustling.

Having visited here before, I’ve seen most of the tourist spots. So I went looking for the quirky side of Madison. It wasn’t hard to find.

I followed Crooked Creek to a section of town I hadn’t seen before and met some locals who were happy to extol the virtues of their safe and quiet neighborhood.

Madison has preserved and repurposed many of its antique buildings and factories. But this is a big town, and there’s still plenty of old places waiting to be reclaimed.

Down by the river I saw a wedding about to begin. There were a bunch of us watching from the sidewalk as the bride walked down the stairs. Nice day for a white wedding, as Billy Idol would say.

There’s another section of Madison on the hilltop where the big stores and suburbs are, but I’ve never been up there. The historic river side of town keeps me entertained enough, and I really don’t need to visit Walmart anyway.

Glad I could catch a perfect couple of days on Summer’s Last Weekend!


Tim Moore October 1, 2020 - 5:08 pm

We love Madison. What a great town with a wonderful water front. When we go north bound, we always stop for the night and have a little dinner at our fav place, Key West Shrimp House.
We are heading north bound again Oct.17th.
Thanks for sharing Tim!
Love you girl!

Richie October 1, 2020 - 7:57 pm

I heard Key West Shrimp House may be closing soon! Nooooo!

Tim Moore October 5, 2020 - 12:46 pm

Wow, we haven’t heard that. The place is always busy. We’ll ask the next time there.

kathy October 1, 2020 - 10:21 am

Your photos are always gorgeous! I took up photography this summer. Soooo much to learn. Your photos inspire me! Thank you, Richie!

Richie October 1, 2020 - 7:56 pm

That’s great, Kathy! Let’s get together for a Bardstown photo shoot!

Kimberly Siegfried September 28, 2020 - 4:11 pm

Your photos are incredible, Richie!

Richie September 28, 2020 - 4:51 pm

Aw thanks, hon! I need the encouragement. I’m going thru a phase where none of my photography seems good enough lately ?

Beth September 25, 2020 - 12:05 pm

For the most part, I’ve only driven through Madison as that’s where I always cross the Ohio enroute TO Ohio…wandering Indiana to get back home for visits is my preferred route. But you’ve found things I missed the first time I ever went to Madison, which was to tour historic houses…way back in the 90s when I was far more agile. Good to see that someone is managing to get out and about these days.

Richie September 25, 2020 - 12:11 pm

It’s an interesting town, Beth. Good setting for a novel!

Debra Warner September 25, 2020 - 11:01 am

Beautiful!! We have had frost and temps in the 30’s. Our camping seasons is over although we haven’t had much of one since August. I came down with Covid.

Richie September 25, 2020 - 11:15 am

Oh gosh! I hope you’re feeling better now? Stay safe and we’ll see you in PIB next year!

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