Friday, August 28, 2015

Exploring Kentucky


I should probably begin this post with an apology to the kind folks of Kentucky, because during our nearly a week in your fine state, we held up lots of traffic. So if at any time you found yourself behind a really slow car pulling a little pop-up camper, it was probably us. Sorry. For most of our visit, we looked like the lead car in a funeral procession. Kentucky is beautiful y'all and has to be seen s-l-o-w-l-y. We took the scenic byway route, stayed off the highways as much as possible, and spent our days cruising through the vast acres and acres of farmland. Breathtaking. If you've never explored that fine state, I can highly recommend it. 



The Creation Museum in up state was awesome and through December of this year, they have a 'buy 2 tickets get 2 tickets' special. That offer is what started the planning for our whole adventure. If you've been contemplating checking out the museum, this is your year, and did I mention that your tickets are good for two days? All museums should be that way! It was so inspiring and really gave me lots of a-ha moments. Highly recommend this place!




Our second stop was Mammoth Caves and I must say that I wish we could have stayed there longer and that it would have been fall, it was really HOT. Besides the many cave tour options, the area is filled with trails. I stopped at the information desk to ask about the trails and the sweet ranger told us about a little cottage off the beaten path. She said it used to be a water filtering area when the park cleaned their own water, it looks like Snow White's cottage, she said. Snow White's cottage?, sign me up! 




She directed us right where it was, we never would have found it without her direction. I would really like to visit there again and do a longer cave tour. We went on the 'Frozen Niagara' tour as it boasts the only portion of the caves that feature stalagtites and stalagmites. It was beautiful but the tour was over so quickly, I really would have enjoyed more time in the caves, next time.........



Now, lest you leave with the impression that our adventures were perfect, we went an hour out of our way to check out Lincoln's boyhood home. When we finally arrived, it was being remodeled with a huge gate surrounding the grounds. You've got to be kidding me???? I told the kiddos that we were getting a picture at Lincoln's boyhood home, closed or not. It gave us all a good laugh, and in my book, it was worth it. 


I had never been to Kentucky and boy I'm so happy to be able to say that I've driven through a good portion of that beautiful state. If you call Kentucky home, you are blessed! If you are trying to figure out your next family adventure, maybe Kentucky is for you. Happy camping y'all!


5 comments:

  1. Camping is the best way to be together as a family, and how exciting to tour Kentucky while camping! It is quite disappointing when you go out of your way to visit somewhere, and it is closed, but you guys made the best of it :) Always enjoy visiting your blog! :) I've finally gotten back to posting on my blog, and it is a good feeling! Have a blessed Saturday!

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    1. I could not agree more, camping is a wonderful way to re-connect with the ones you love and slow life down. I'm so amazed at all y'all's progress with your new house, whew, what a lot of work it's been. Congratulations and wishing you the very best at your new place!

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  2. Hello Amy, I stumbled across your sweet blog tonight while looking for other "unschoolers" in Northern Kentucky. So, you obviously don't live in Kentucky, but I read about your visit here and was so blessed. I have lived here all of my life, but have traveled to many other states in our nation, and although there are a ton of lovely spots created by God, Kentucky just seems to have the best in my book. I am glad you took it slowly thru the state. So, on another note, my hubby and I adopted two little guys 4 years ago (I homeschooled/graduated our 2 girls with one only year of unschooling, which was totally blessed by the Lord) and my husband agreed to let me unschool them, however I have been a bit too scared to jump in again--you know society says 'brick and mortar' are the way. So, recently I have been getting encouraging/instructive emails from a woman who also Unschools. She has a little more of the mindset of no training on the parents part, but God's word says "train up a child....", so I was struggling with her entire philosophy. Liked a lot of the info, but know God's word calls us to something a little different. Your blog was is a beautiful encouragement to me unto the Lord without being preachy. (We do not watch TV either.). Will look forward to more updates and posts. Can't wait to jump into unschooling with my guys tomorrow! Wheeeeee!

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    1. Oh Michele, you are awesome friend! Homeschooling is such a sweet blessing and I shudder at what my life would be had I traveled a different path. Such a blessing. I'll be praying for you in your new journey, and remember, God's got this :) Thanks for dropping by!

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    2. Thanks Amy, I definitely need the prayers, and the reminder that "God's got this. I will be stopping by often. Eeeeeh!

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