Travel Dystopia

Maybe it was the tour guide at the last cave.  Maybe it was the heat.  Maybe it was seeing one too many rolling hill and farm.  Whatever the reason, we were getting tired of Kentucky.  We decided to visit the Makers Mark Distillery for no other reason than we couldn’t think of anything else to … Continue reading Travel Dystopia

Cub Run Cave

Our tour guide for Crystal Onyx Cave suggested Cub Run Cave as another system we might enjoy. It was close, and supposedly had a great restaurant where we could get lunch. We pulled into the parking lot just as the tour group was leaving. Apparently we would have to drive about a mile away to … Continue reading Cub Run Cave

Crystal Onyx Cave

The differences between Tuckaleechee Caverns and Mammoth Cave were stark. We had a great time at Tuckaleechee. At Mammoth, it was very dark, there were none of the spectacular cave formations, and we had the distinct feeling of being "herded" throughout the tour. So, today we decided to forego another Mammoth tour in favor of … Continue reading Crystal Onyx Cave

Sahara Steak House

It looked like dinner was going to be a problem.  Barren County is a dry county.  However, Cave City has passed a local exemption, and can serve alcohol.  Regardless, it looked like our eating options were limited to a couple of steak houses or fast food. Our AAA book had listed the Sahara Steak House … Continue reading Sahara Steak House

From Somerset to Cave City

The day began with a heavy fog that burned off into a gorgeous morning.  We headed south to Burnsville, then west on Highway 70.  The terrain was mile after mile of rolling farmland.  Around every turn was a picturesque red bard, but, unfortunately, I didn’t take many pictures.  Some of these barns had what looked … Continue reading From Somerset to Cave City

Dry Counties

All we wanted were a couple of margaritas to go along with our Mexican meal. Instead, we got a scowl from the the waiter and sotto voce comments of derision from the surrounding four tables, which, we found out, all attend the same church. It turns out that the majority of counties in Kentucky are … Continue reading Dry Counties

Cumberland Falls

The next stop I wanted to make on our trip was Cumberland Falls. Often called "The Niagra of the South," Cumberland Falls is unique in that it is one of two falls that can create a "moonbow" during a full moon. Unfortunately for us, it’s both cloudy and a new moon, so I guess we … Continue reading Cumberland Falls

Tuckaleechee Caverns

I’ve always had mixed feelings about the Great Smokey Mountains. The RQ (Redneck Quotient) is always just a tad higher than I prefer. I guess it has something to do with the proximity to Dollywood, the Grand Ol’ Opry, and the heart of Appalachia. Regardless, we were in the mood to avoid crowds today, especially … Continue reading Tuckaleechee Caverns