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features friday, may 15, 2009 3 Destination: Location New 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 www.mapquest.com. 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 www.geology.com. 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.