Today was my birthday – you know, fifty something! It was a travel day for us –and a delightful one at that! We traveled from Kentucky into Tennessee and saw the beginnings of the Great Smoky Mountains. They are truly spectacular. We stopped for special lunch at Litton’s Market in Knoxville, TN. We found it in our “Road Food” book and since it was on the way decided to stop. Aside from the stress of driving Lizzie into city streets (more my stress than Gary’s!), it was a very good decision. The food was wonderful – all fresh and homemade. We took one of their “best in Knoxville” desserts home to enjoy with dinner. I enjoyed calls from the kids and my sisters, and email Birthday wishes from friends. Added to that a beautiful drive over the Norris Dam …….
and a stop at the Museum of Appalachia, and it was a very fine birthday!
We were once again struck with the awesome nature of God’s creation and attention to detail when we visited the Natural Bridge in the Daniel Boone National Forest. It was quite a hike up (only .75 mile but very “UP”), and that was the “easy” trail. It was definitely worth the trek. In many ways it reminded me of Mammoth cave – but in the sunshine!
Here are some shots – again, never really catching the majesty of it all!
Here we’ve almost made it to the top. Gary is working his way up the last stretch, while I pause to take a picture (and catch my breath and try to stop my heart from pounding out of my chest! Boy, am I out of shape!)
Here is the top of the bridge. It was amazing how flat it was.
This is the view from the bridge top. Those kids are sitting WAY TOO CLOSE TO THE EDGE for this old girl! The view was spectacular (as was the weather!). The next shot was taken from that rock outcrop on the left of this picture, looking back at the bridge.
Taken from that rock outcrop – looking back at the bridge. Pretty cool, huh?
It’s almost impossible to see, but there are very narrow, very steep step going down along the wall of this rock. It was our way down! It was so steep ( and covered with wet leaves) that we did it going backwards. Thankfully there was a railing. And thankfully we chose this as the way DOWN and not UP!
Our God IS an Awesome God!
What a fun time we have had here in Kentucky! We’ve seen Corvettes being built in Bowling Green (did we see yours?), walked where a young Abe Lincoln might have walked, looked inside of massive armored tanks and tasted the “flat beer” stage of bourbon making. We’ve seen the rolling hills surrounding the beautiful horse farms outside of Lexington and huge black barns drying tobacco. We’ve noticed that you’re as likely to see black horse fences as white. We’ve marveled at God’s interior creation at Mammoth Cave and His exterior creation at Natural Bridge (see the “Images” page for more details on that!) in the Daniel Boone State Forest. We’ve visited a couple of Walmart parking lots and stayed at some lovely campgrounds. (Right now we are at the Fort Boonesboro State Park – a great park whose winter rates are $10.00/night. Gotta love that!). We’re heading to Tennessee and then to North Carolina where we’ll be hooking up with family in Asheville over the weekend. Hopefully we’ll be able to get an internet connection soon so I can actually post these entries – the lovely hills (and valleys) of Kentucky have not been too conducive to cell phone reception! It’s a packing up and doing the laundry morning, but Gary just took a batch of brownies out of the oven, so it’s smelling pretty sweet here! The sun is shining and the day promises to bring new discoveries and adventures (once we get the laundry folded!).
I think we are doing a study in transportation types. In New England we started with sea vessels – the US Constitution, historic boats at Mystic Seaport, the US Brig Niagara and even canal boats along the Erie Canal. From there we moved to flight with the Aviation Museum at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia. We can now add Armored Vehicles to our list. The Patton Museum is located just outside of Ft. Knox – you know, where all our gold is. We could only see the outside of the building that houses the gold, but we did enjoy the museum. Lots and lots of information (really, too much for me!) about the role of the armored vehicles from their inception (WWI) to their present use in Iraq.
And for the record, George S. Patton did not really look like George C. Scott. Hmm.
We did our homework and called ahead to make sure there was a spot in a campground just outside of Ft. Knox, KY. We began to get worried when the directions took us to the entrance of a mobile home community instead of a campground. Yes, they said, there were RV sites in the back. OK….we unhooked the truck and headed “out back”. And yes, there were spots. But every one had a badly cracked pad, sketchy utilities, unidentifiable piles of trash and there was an overall rundown look to the area in general. We decided the Walmart down the road was a much better choice, so off we went. Phew – that was too scary for words. And another lesson learned – don’t always trust the books!
The good news – we picked up a $2.78 pizza at Walmart for dinner. See, it all worked out in the end.