Student plans international backpacking expedition Students by feltonhuggins


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The following is a list of various places to go around Indiana over the summer. The cost for each individual activity was compiled from the company’s web page,
            and the distances were compiled on The starting location used when compiling the distance was Southport High School.

     Indiana Dunes                                                                                                                                                          Indiana Beach
 What to do: camping areas,                                                                                                                                             What to do: Among many thrill
 hiking trails, and many other                                                                                                                                          rides, Indiana Beach offers a wa-
 recreational activites.                                                                                                                                                ter park, dining and lodging
 Distance: 101.87 miles (esti-                                                                                                                                          Distance: 101.87 miles (esti-
 mated two hours and 53 min-                                                                                                                                            mated one hour and 51 minutes
 utes drive time)                                                                                                                                                       drive time)
 Cost: Camping is $15 a day,                                                                                                                                            Cost: $36 for a combination
 parking a car is $6 a day and $1                                                                                                                                       amusement park and water park,
 for walk-up cyclists                                                                                                                                                   $27 for just the amusement or
                                                                                                                                                                        water park

  Turkey Run Park                                                                                                                                                        Paramount Theatre
 What to do: Hiking trails, picnic                                                                                                                                      What to do: Watch concerts,
 areas, horseback riding, canoe-                                                                                                                                        plays and comedy acts.
 ing, fishing and more                                                                                                                                                  Distance: 48.61 miles (estimat-
 Distance: 72.27 miles (esti-                                                                                                                                           ed 59 minutes drive time)
 mated one hour and 26 minutes                                                                                                                                          Cost: Depending on the show,
 drive time)
                                                                                                                                                                        costs may be anywhere from $15
 Cost: $4 gate fee Monday
 through Thursday, $5 gate fee                                                                                                                                          to $25. Not all comedy shows
 Friday through Sunday and holi-                                                                                                                                        are available to customers under
 days.                                                                                                                                                                  the age of 18.

     Holiday World                                                                                                                                                       Downtown Indy
 What to do: Ride roller coast-                                                                                                                                         What to do: Circle Center, the
 ers, children’s rides, including                                                                                                                                       Indianapolis Zoo, White River
 the new “Pilgrim’s Plunge” tower.                                                                                                                                      Gardens, Central Canal, the Chil-
 The water park “Splashin’ Safari”                                                                                                                                      dren’s Museum and more
 offers splash zones and slides.                                                                                                                                        Distance: 7.10 miles (estimated
 Distance: 177.28 miles (esti-                                                                                                                                          14 minutes drive time)
 mated two hour and 47 minutes                                                                                                                                          Cost: Depends on the activity,
 drive time)                                                                                                                                                            Canal and other walking areas
 Cost: $40 for general admission,                                                                                                                                       are free, museums and theaters’
 $30 for guests under 54”                                                                                                                                               cost vary.

                                                                                                                                                                      Bluespring Caverns
                                                                                                                                                                        What to do: Go spelunking
     Image from                                                                                                                                        through old caverns either by
      Graphic by Lucas Sweitzer.                                                                                                                                        yourself or with a guide. Open 9
                                                                                                                                                                        a.m. to 5 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                        Distance: 74.92 miles (esti-
                                                                                                                                                                        mated one hour and 26 minutes
                                                                                                                                                                        drive time)
                                                                                                                                                                        Cost: Spelunking by yourself is
                                                                                                                                                                        free, and to go on a guided tour
                                                                                                                                                                        is $14

Student plans international                                                                                 Students prepare for move
  backpacking expedition                                                                                    to out-of-state colleges
by Aaron Price                                                                                              by Jessi Bratton                                        will hopefully be able to slowly become comfort-
Features Editor                                                                                             A&E Editor                                              able with being far away from home, on her own.
                                                                                                                                                                        “I think it’ll be hard, I mean I’ve never been
    When many teens will be heading off to start                                                               With a smile and a laugh, senior Erika Sat-          on my own” Satterthwaite said. “Of course I’m a
a summer job, junior Katlyn Busch will be headed                                                            terthwaite sits with two friends in the corner of       little worried, but I’ll be fine.”
off to Europe with her brother, Southport gradu-                                                            her homeroom. This same room with the familiar              Along with Satterthwaite, senior Emiliee
ate Andy Busch, for a backpacking expedition                                                                faces has been a recognizable place for her since       Payne will be attending an out-of-state college
across Italy, Switzerland and Germany.                                                                      the school implemented homeroom during the              in the fall. She has chosen to attend University of
    The siblings are scheduled to leave on May                                                              2006-2007 school year.                                  Charleston, located in South Carolina. Like Sat-
29 and intend to spend a week in Italy and then                                                                With only a handful of days in this school year,     terthwaite, Payne feels prepared for the adjust-
travel up the Swiss Alps and on to Germany. They                                                            and none at all for some seniors, Satterthwaite is      ment that is neraring.
plan to stay in hostels, in which they will rent out                                                        close to the next big step of her life. This inevi-         Payne relates to Satterthwaite when think-
beds in community rooms. They are only taking a                                                             table change which comes after high school may          ing about plans for the next year of school. She
limited amount of clothing, which they will wash                                                            be a bit more drastic than the majority of other        loves the idea of getting out of Indiana and see-
along the way, and are limiting the other things                                                            Southport graduates of 2009.                            ing things she hasn’t seen before, but knows the
that they take to the necessities.                                                                             While the majority of Southport seniors have         change will take time to adjust to.
    “My brother went two years ago to France…                                                               made decisions to attend college, most are at-              “It’ll be hard. It’ll be really hard,” Payne said,
and England for two weeks, backpacking by him-                                                              tending those that are in-state. Satterthwaite,         “but I think it’ll be worth it.”
self,” said Katlyn Busch, “He just really enjoyed it                                                        however, has made an alternative decision to at-            For Satterthwaite, another concern was her
and he wanted to go to Europe again… he didn’t                                                              tend Miami University.                                  family’s reaction to her decision. She said her fam-
want to go by himself this time, so, he asked me if                                                            This public university of 16,000 students is lo-     ily was instantly struggling with the idea of her
I wanted to go.”                                                                                            cated in Oxford, Ohio, which is almost two hours        leaving.
    The siblings began planning their trip by talk-                                                         away from Indianapolis. While Satterthwaite                 “My parents were really upset,” Satterthwaite
ing to people who had visited the places they                                                               says she anticipates college, she is aware that the     said, “but they’re starting to become okay.”
planned to go and by checking out travel books                                                              change of location, as well as college in general, is       She feels that while it’s expected that the new
from the library. They did research on the inter-                                                           something she will adapt to over time.                  distance will be very hard to deal with at first, she
net to find hostels that were safe, inexpensive and                                                            “For me, I have always wanted to go out of           knows everything will work out. Payne worried
clean and began figuring out where they wanted         Junior Katlyn Busch plans to travel through          state,” Satterthwaite said. “It’s always been my        that some friendships may be lost with the dis-
to go and how long they wanted to be there.            Europe this summer. Photo by Lauren Grelle.          dream.”                                                 tance,
    Next they started pricing plane tickets, train                                                             The main deciding factor Satterthwaite to at-            “I think I’ll end up losing a lot, and that makes
tickets and hostel costs and began setting up          a great experience and that is why I want to go      tend Miami University was the fact that she liked       me sad,” Payne said. “I know my true friends will
a more specific itinerary. According to Katlyn         again. It was just cool to be in a different part    the feel of the campus and was able to visit the        stay.”
Busch, Andy Busch is doing most of the planning        of the world. It’s so different than the United      university’s campus, which she was unable to do             Payne knows that she wants this experience
because he has taken a trip before.                    States.”                                             with her first-choice school.                           of being out on her own, but isn’t too worried
    Andy Busch took his first trip alone and said         The siblings say that they were very excited         At Miami University, Satterthwaite plans to          about the adjustment. Her mom, contrary to
that the experience made him nervous, but it was       to go on their trip. They will be traveling around   study education, with hopes of someday teaching         Satterthwaite’s, wants her to get away from Indi-
still very exciting.                                   700 miles in total over a two week period before     overseas. She feels that leaving to go to an out-of-    ana and experience the nation.
    “It was awesome,” said Andy Busch. “It was         they return to the United States.                    state college will benefit her in the sense that she        “If there’s a will, there’s a way,” Payne said.

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