You might think of Lincoln as an Illinois Boy, but he was born in a log cabin near Hodgenville, KY. He lived there until he was two when his family moved just up the road a piece to Knob Hill Farm. By the time he was seven his family was on the move again, through Indiana and finally settling in Illinois. We did a smattering of Lincoln things – his birthplace and childhood home along with the Lincoln Museum. It was very interesting.
From there we went to the Maker’s Mark Distillery for their (free!) factory tour. No free samples, but a fun tour. Did you know that they use an aging barrel (oak, with the interior charred) only once – and about 1600 a week? I think our next tour should be that barrel factory! Each barrel is aged an average of 6 years – and is bottled only when their four tasters all agree on the correct taste. Once they are done with the barrel, they sell it to other distilleries (in Scotland) for aging scotch. How’s that for recycling!?!?
“In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands” Psalm 102:25
Today we saw some of the Foundations of the Earth – just a small portion of the caves at Mammoth National Park in Cave City, Kentucky. It was an amazing 2+ hour tour – and as we descended over 150 feet into spectacular caves, I couldn’t help but marveling that before the foundations of the earth were formed (and there I was looking at them!), God loved me. WOW. The park was running on an “off season” schedule, which meant they weren’t offering as many tours, but to us it meant that there were only 20+ in our group instead of 120+. Our tour included hundreds of steep steps and tight spaces, but was very do-able. If you’re younger and more agile (and not afraid of teeny tiny places) they have other more adventurous tours. Be my guest. Pictures were very hard to take and still get the “feel” of these caves. This is one I downloaded from the NPS website –
This one I took (in the formation area)- but still it doesn’t really capture it!
And besides the caves, there are many many trails to explore. If you ever are in the area – don’t miss this one!
Nashville was a very pretty city – with lots of interesting things to do and see. While we didn’t do alot of the traditional music things, we did check out some very pretty places….
This is a GIANT floating granite globe in the WWII memorial in the Bicentennial Mall. Very Cool.
View of the Capital Building from the end of the mall.
Amazing iron work in the Library of the Capital Building
The famous “Bat Building” – actually Bell South. Quite an interesting addition to the skyline!
We definitely seem to be heading in the wrong direction! All of the RV’s, campers, fifth wheels, etc. are headed SOUTH and here we are, making our way north. Go figure! We arrived at a very quiet Jellystone Park and RV Resort outside of Mammoth National Park – home of the longest cave known to man (365 explored miles so far….). We settled in and took a little drive to get the lay of the land. Then back to ol’ Lizzie for a quiet rainy afternoon. I got my cutting board out and got to work on my memory quilt. I haven’t had much time to work on my quilt projects, so it was a nice way to spend the afternoon. Between the end of daylight saving time and being in the Central Time Zone, we’re pretty time-challenged!
Well, we never saw Garth Brooks but we had a great time seeing the sights of downtown Nashville. Gary’s cousin Andrea (Lake) Walkup has lived there for the last 10 years or so – and she was our guide. Along with all of the music stuff (country music in particular) there is a fair bit of Civil War history and some wonderful memorial parks dotted throughout the city. We visited the Capital Building and walked the Nashville Bicentennial Mall – an amazing display of state information and history. We did not do the Country Music Hall of Fame (nor will we get to Graceland I am sure) and we didn’t sing from the Ryman Music Hall stage – but we did get a feel for Nashville. There’s lots to see and do, whether you even know who Garth Brooks is!
Here are the Walkups, our gracious hosts while we were in town. We were able to stay in the parking lot of their church – Calvary Methodist Church. It was good to be among family and friends!
Andrea Hannah Kevin
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