Friday, June 29, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Today we drove south about 30 miles in the Jeep to Bowling Green. The Corvette plant is located here and we were going to tour that facility. We had taken the tour several years ago but as with everything things change. There are now just certain times in the day that the tours are scheduled- we were about an hour and half too early for the next scheduled tour. And there is now a $7.00 per person charge- I guess this is helping GM in their financial recovery effort. So we opted to do something else.
We drove around the city of Bowling Green and when we saw a Sam's Club we stopped to pick up a few items and then a stop at Walgreen's. We decided to go to the Lost River Cave but thought we had better get lunch before doing so. Not surprising we found a Mexican restaurant and had our lunch and then to the Lost River Cave. The Lost River Cave is a privately owned cave unlike the Mammoth Cave run by the National Park services. The tour is more expensive, less informative and shorter than the tour at Mammoth. But it was a different experience as we were on boats that went a short distance into the cave. This cave is also a wet cave that has the beginnings of stalactites. Jesse James and his gang used the cave as a hide out. Outside of the cave there are several blue holes, pools of water that is blue due to the the rock sediment. A trail to a Butterfly Garden took us to an enclosed flower garden with hundreds butterflies flitting around on the pretty flowers.
The weather today was just perfect, bright blue skies, low humidity and temperatures in the low 80's. Tomorrow it is forecasted to change to higher humidity and temperatures reaching into the 100's by week's end. After returning to the campground we walked about the grounds in the evening. This is a nice campground that honors Passport America membership which is half the usual price and we would certainly return if in the area. The owners are very friendly and helpful. Tomorrow we will be moving on, not sure where but a little further south toward Mobile, Alabama.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
We got an early start this morning and pulled out of our camping site at 7:45am. We had to stop at the dump before leaving the campground since we did not have sewer hook-up and we needed empty black and gray tanks before going into the rally. We then stopped for fuel, had a tight squeeze getting out of the gas station necessitating us to disconnect the Jeep and then reconnecting once out of the station. These things occasional happen- thankfully we have not had many of these occurrences. We only had a 61 mile trip and we were on the Louisville Exposition Center grounds before 10 am and parked about 20 minutes later. We were parked in the electric section but our energy management system would not allow the electric to come into the coach due to too high voltage. So an electrician was summoned, responded to correct the problem with the area generator and we then were able to receive the electric. We had to catch a tram to go to the area for registration. After registering we saw some folks from Maryland- Esthermay Brooks and Woody Woodruff with his dog, Penny- Woody is a Traveling American member also.
Returning back to the motorhome and feeling hungry we jumped into the Jeep and went in search of a barbeque restaurant. We found a place called Mark’s Feed Store and had a nice lunch. The waitress suggested fried pickles, an appetizer, so we gave them a try. Not bad but don’t know that I would get them very often. I had a cup of burgoo, a local stew full of meat and vegetables, and a pork sandwich. Tom had a pork dinner- lots of pork, cole slaw and fries. We both had more than we could eat so brought part of a pork sandwich and pork back to the motorhome to have later.
As we were returning to the motorhome from lunch, we saw Woody and his wife, Linda, out walking dogs so we stopped by and visited with them. Their dog, Penny, is a sweet dog that I have spoiled a little with treats so she knows me and I just happened to have treats available to give her some. They were also dog sitting another dog. Later in the afternoon we got a call from Lois Howard saying she had gotten onto the grounds and would stop by after she had gotten registered. We had visited Lois in Tennessee earlier this year and had talked about coming to this rally. She did stop by and visited for a short while and then had to get back to her 2 little dogs. Tomorrow the rally will officially begin and we will be busy going to seminars, going through displays and checking out the vendors wares.
Monday, June 18th, we left home once again with the destination on Wednesday of Louisville, Kentucky for The Rally, a Good Sam rally. The morning was cool and drizzling rain as we left Taneytown. Our route of travel took us out through western Maryland and then south through West Virginia on I-79 to I-64. The coolness continued most of the day in fact we even had some heat on in the motorhome as we traveled. Showers of rain, at times with thunder and lightning, followed us most of the day until late afternoon. Once we were in sunshine the temperature went up considerably and we eventually had air conditioning on. Our travels went through mountainous terrain and sparsely populated areas. We like to keep our travels to about 300 miles a day but sometimes the availability of campgrounds dictate. Our stop for the night was at Jim’s Camping in Milton, W. Va. . about 18 miles from Kentucky and more than 360 miles from home. Jim’s Camping was a small campground but had full hook-ups including 50 amp electric for $25.00. After setting up we went out to eat at Shonet’s Café, a local eatery. We ate from the soup and salad bar which had good homemade soups and good salads.
This morning, Tuesday, we continued westward on I-64. The weather was sunny and very warm, temperature reached close to 90 degrees. We are scheduled to go into the rally on Wednesday morning so Tom had made reservations at a campground, Elkhorn Campground, in Frankfort, Ky. We had less than 170 miles to travel today and then about 80 on Wednesday to Louisville. We arrived in the campground about noon today so we had the afternoon to explore the area. We ate lunch at the La Fiesta Grande restaurant- Mexican, of course- first. Daniel Boone’s grave is in the Frankfort cemetery, at least, the Kentuckians believe his body was relocated here from a cemetery in Missouri. The Missourians say that the body of Boone’s slave was sent instead and Boone remains in Missouri. Anyway, we went to the cemetery and saw the grave stone for Daniel and his wife, Rebecca.
From the cemetery we could see the capitol building across the Kentucky river so we drove over to that area. There were beautiful flower gardens on the grounds and a large floral clock.
Our last stop this afternoon was at Buffalo Trace Bourbon Distillery, a distillery on the Bourbon Trail across Kentucky and into Tennessee.
We went on a tour led by “Freddie”, a gentleman that grew up at the distillery. The name Buffalo Trace comes from a time when buffalo lived in this part of the country and the site of the distillery, located along the Kentucky River, was the path that the buffalo traveled to cross the river as they moved west. The warehouse has 10 stories that store the barrels of bourbon for aging and the quality of the bourbon differs from the various levels, the best quality bourbon is on the lowest story, the more inferior quality on the upper stories. The temperature variance from top to bottom affects the quality.
The grounds around the distillery are well groomed and there are numerous flower planters and gardens.
The tour ended with a sampling of the bourbon. It was a very interesting tour with a wonderful guide.