Staunton, VA - Harrodsburg, KY - Campbellsville, KY
Finding a fast turnaround on a keyboard replacement turns out to be "difficult", and not inexpensive. When other things start going wrong, we decide there is a better alternative.
|Meet the alternative :-)|
|Our pretty site on the pond.|
|Staunton has a cute little downtown.|
|Let's go see stuff!|
|Pretty country roads along the river|
Cindy checks in with us when she arrives home, and then the next morning we are on our way to the airport before sunrise.
Tests and an appointment with my doctor set my mind at ease, making the trip worthwhile. And I have a wonderful time getting caught up with family over the three days I'm in Valencia. As excited as I am to see the boys, and to spend time with each one of them, I fail to take any pics :-(
My last evening there is spent with Ezra and his folks, making it really hard to say goodbye this time. Playing with him in the creative playground at the mall is the best medicine! He is such a special little boy, so full of love and good spirit, I know it's just going to get harder from now on.
With the time difference I land back in Louisville early enough for us to meet Cindy and Walter for dinner at The Kentucky Fudge Company in Harrodsburg - it's great to finally spend some time with them after moochdocking on their property for several days!
|Kentucky Horse Park on a cold afternoon|
|Still some color in Lexington|
|Lots of wonderful architecture|
One evening we have a lovely dinner with Cindy and Walter at nearby Shaker Village. Definitely one of the best meals we've had since coming east. All fresh, grown on site, everything is exceptional.
Sunday is our last day, and while leaving Bill behind to watch the night game, I join our hosts for a wonderful pot luck meal at the home of one of their friends. So fun to share a meal in a warm home with inspiring conversation.
I manage to spend our entire time here without getting a single pic of our hosts. Of course I did get some of the sweet little horses. Teeny tiny Supreme is at the vet's so I miss a pic of her. I am just so bad at the whole people thing!
|Tristan and Hoopla|
Good size sites with grass and gravel, FHUs with 50 amp. No office, no hosts on site, everything works, and we have a wonderful old barn out our front window. While there are several units here, we only see one other person the whole time. Very quiet, very clean, only $25/night.
Like our last stop, we're here for people, not place. One of Amazon's distribution centers opened here a few years ago, and some of our friends are working the holiday Camperforce program.
We haven't seen Linda and Steven since January in Quartzsite, and we have yet to meet Jim and Diana although I've followed their blog for a long time. We're all friends on Facebook as well, so it will be fun to get caught up in person.
Tuesday morning we pick up Linda and Steven for a day of sight seeing. It's great to see them!
First stop is the Abraham Lincoln's Birth Place National Historic Park at the site of the Sinking Spring Farm. Although the original cabin did not survive long enough for restoration, the monument, completed in 1911, includes a symbolic cabin, the same size and age as that which housed the Lincolns when Abraham was born on February 12, 1809. It is a beautiful neo-classic monument, feeling very much like the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
|The small museum includes an interpretation of the cabin's interior.|
|The Lincolns - Nancy holding Abraham, with Thomas and Sarah|
|56 steps, one for each year of age at his death.|
|With all the trees in the area it's odd there is more chink than wood.|
|Sinking Spring still here.|
|The grounds are dressed for the holidays|
|Explaining the process of making bourbon|
|We visit the fermenting vats|
|We're invited to taste it - not bad, sweet.|
|Original Makers Mark and Makers Mark 46 with charred wood slats for flavor.|
|In the short time we're in this area, they fill, cap, label, dip and box dozens of bottles. So much bourbon!|
|The art of the "dip"|
|The original is my favorite.|
|The Chihuly glass ceiling is incredible. The bourbon truffle samples under it are the very best part of the tour :-)|
|Linda masters the dip!|
|The trademark bottles on every red shutter.|
|The buildings are painted black because the fermenting process creates fungus that grows on the walls - light colored walls are much harder to maintain. And now you know.|
Tuesday turns out to be the only sunny day of our visit. Cold and cloudy rounds out the rest of the week. Other than our holiday get together, we spend our days driving in the country, enjoying both the pretty countryside and the Jeep's excellent heater :-)
|Green River Lake. Kinda sad the lake couldn't have it's own name :-(|
|A sign was easier than ending the road before the water??|
|The sun slowly breaks through|
|Does this shoe make my leaf look fat?|
|This isn't a real beach!|
Jim and Diana only have one day off and we're glad we can all share Thanksgiving together. A tasty meal at the Cedar Creek Restaurant followed by dessert and Linda's yummy Irish Coffee at our place make for a wonderful holiday on the road. We are so fortunate in the people we've met in our travels, and that we're able to call many of them friends. We're looking forward to catching up with Jim and Diana again this summer. Linda and Steven will be on the other side of the country for awhile, so it's especially great that we had this time together again!
|Love these fellow travelers!|
|Tessa makes everybody smile :-)|
|Bill, Steven, Linda, Jim, Diana, Jodee|
Looking forward to a fun time in the city of Nashville, Tennessee!