Sunday, April 7, 2013

A YA-Inspired Adventure!

Yesterday morning I finished The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It’s a poignant, remarkable, cry-worthy novel to which I have already formed an attachment. The main character, Hazel Grace has miraculously lived through cancer and now has a lung/breathing problem from which she may never recover. Her plight (and the awesomeness of the book) reminded me to be grateful for my health and, I have to say, it inspired me to DO SOMETHING. I decided that this day, finally warmish albeit slightly overcast, would be spent outside somewhere in Indianapolis.

That’s right, I said Indianapolis, which just happens to be the same city where The Fault in Our Stars takes place. After wavering between the two possible outdoor activities, I chose to visit the Ruins, a piece of skyscraper which adorns Holliday Park in north central Indianapolis. Hazel Grace and her parents had a picnic at the Ruins in the book, and that’s what I wanted to do. After calling my boyfriend with the surprise and scrounging together some picnic grub, we were off down Meridian.

Somehow it was chillier and breezier a half an hour north into the city, but we still managed to enjoy our sandwiches in the shadow of the Ruins.

The sandwiches.
Then we were off exploring…

Up close and personal. These used to reside over NYC!

Perfect for pictures!

Just thinking in a tree.

Panorama time!

It may look like I'm talking to her but really I'm trying to figure out how to mimic her pose.

A great view of the Ruins as the clouds begin to open.

After walking around the sculptures and fixtures of the Ruins, we decided to grab a hiking map at the Nature Center and venture onto a trail. Unfortunately this is something Hazel Grace probably would not have been able to experience. There were just so many stairs!

Just some of the stairs.

At the bottom of the trail, along the White River, there are some awesome tree roots!

In all, it was a great day inspired by a great book!


  1. Awww, you two! Looks like it was a great time.