Our trip has started and our first stop was Benton, IL, but only for one night so we decided not to dedicate a post to it. After we left Illinois we headed to Park City, KY to meet with family for a few nights. Check out our video to see just how much thought goes into our travel... just getting gas is a thing.
On the drive, we went through Owensboro, KY where one of Keith's heroes is from and sadly, is buried. A local police officer told Keith where to go so we stopped for a quick graveside visit of Nicky Hayden.
Once in Park City, we set up camp next to one another at the local Thousand Trails campground and then set out to find some dinner. Park City isn't a large town and would be considered rural. There weren't a lot of places to eat so we went to a nearby town and visited a local steak house. With COVID-19 being something we are all watching, we made sure to take our hand sanitizer and wash our hands.
The next day we visited Mammoth Cave on a small tour of people. The cave is very large but we took a smaller tour to see the Frozen Niagara. My folks had a fun time walking through the caves and my 6'4" father had to bend over to fit through many places. They didn't join us on the small hike down to the Frozen Niagara but we shared pictures with them when we came back up. (Don't be fooled, the hike was walking down a lot of stairs but writing hike sounded better.)
Personally, I have enjoyed visiting caves since we have been living in Missouri. I didn't grow up around caves like this so it's really neat how they form and grow. If you live nearby any of these caves, visit them. If you don't like small spaces though this may not be the activity for you.
The next day we decided to drive to Bowling Green and visit the Corvette museum. The guys were really excited to see all of the cars. Tourism is down right now due to the Coronavirus so we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves. We also got a military, and a senior discount for my father, to save on the ticket price, which was $12. They have a nice array of older models and the brand new Corvette. Keith enjoyed a simulation game. Check out the video to see how we enjoyed it.
Travelers Cellars Winery
The following day we decided to visit the Lost River Cave but when we arrived they informed us that we would have to wait till 4 pm. To kill some time we found a nearby winery and headed there to try some wines. The Travelers Cellars Winery is located in the country outside of Bowling Green. You feel like you are driving way out and then at the end of the road, there it is. We were lucky enough to be the only visitors at that time so we got a very personal tasting with lots of great stories and conversation. Check out our video to see more about the trip.
Sadly for us, when we got back to the cave, they closed the tour due to the rain as it could flood and trap us in the cave. We were bummed but we understood. Maybe another time...
Global Pandemic Begins
Coronavirus officially became a pandemic on the 11th so we are looking at our travel to see how and if we need to adjust our schedule. We are being instructed to stay in as much as possible and avoid large crowds of people. One plus about this type of travel for us is that we tend to be more in rural America and not really around a ton of people unless of course, we go to hot spots.tours of places. Most places are starting to close so that probably won't be available to us anyways.
We will keep you updated on our travel plans and possible changes, but this one has come to an end. Now we are off to Lebanon, TN for a friend's wedding.