New Perspectives, Pt 2

On December 28th we left our family in Kentucky and headed to Kentucky’s Mammoth Caves National Park.

I neglected to say in my last post, that beyond visiting the National Monuments in Washington, D.C. when I was a girl scout, I have not been to any other National Park. We headed to Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio on our second day. Here is where we bought our Senior Pass cards, and stamps for our new passport to National Parks.

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Stamped with park and Centennial year.

Mammoth Caves National Park

What would a 2 hour tour be like in mostly dry cave conditions? This cave system is  the largest in the world, reputedly 400 miles long. As we took a bus to the cave opening the park Ranger gave us some insights into the cave systems. As we climbed down 250 steel stairs (in some close quarters), we began to understand the mammoth! If you dared to lean over the rail, you saw deep, dark pits, seemingly with no bottoms. I did not lean over; in fact it made me nervous to see the young man in front of me lean over! (It’s a mother thing) I’ve never been good with most heights but this was daunting.

After the steps, we leveled off and came into a cave ‘room’. We sat on benches, while listening to the Ranger tell us cave explorers have been measuring the length of the cave and now believe it might possibly be as many as 600 miles!

Our Ranger then lit small light, and turned out the lights in the cave room. After a few moments she put out the last light. I have never before seen pitch black, nothingness! It was incredible.

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Cave photos from my iPhone. I didn’t want to bang around with my camera down there.

At the information center I loaded up on postcards to mail to my sister, and also collected an embroidered patch for my hiking shirt. We took a few minutes and walked downhill to one of the cave entrances that’s blocked off.

 

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Only bats go here.

Signs and interesting things we saw on the way to Texas.

  • Grandpa’s Cheese barn.
  • Sign on old barn for Look Out MT. You can see 7 states from the top.
  • Beef cows everywhere. Thus the sign…
  • Beef—it’s what’s for dinner.
  • Tina Turner Museum-Memphis, not one sign of Elvis!
  • MLK Dr., Arkansas
  • Louisiana Purchase, Historic state Park I-40 W
  • Brinkley Cotton Plant
  • Rice Fields in Arkansas
  • Flip Flop Flea Market (AR)
  • Loretta Lynn on billboards all over. Could she still be singing?
  • Audie Murphy highway
  • We crossed the Tennessee River.
  • Sign for Natchez Trace State Forest.
  • I-40 W –road lined with pine trees.
  • Exit 66 Brownsville—Fort Pillow
  • On I-30 we saw Geyser Springs 1st Baptist Church and Sherm said it is the size of the Johnson City Mall in New York.
  • Saw a zip-line ‘dummy’ hanging in the air next to a billboard for the same.
  • Pyramid Bass Pro Shop
  • Czech bakery (need to see and taste that!)
  • Magnolia Market, Waco, TX

Just so you believe me about the pyramid store I’m including a photo while we drove by at 70 mph.

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Another worthwhile store!

New perspectives is more to me than this traveling adventure. Since my husband lost his job last year, we’ve been in limbo about what’s next. It’s hard to plan on working five more years, and find out you’re unemployed at age 64.

It’s a hard place to be!

We’ve had many discussions about what to do next but nothing concrete. Should we sell our house? Move to the lake?  All sorts of things that roll around in our heads, and there are nights I can’t sleep because I’m tired of the merry-go-round. Some days I wish we had a clue, after all, how long can you wait?

One day we think we have a plan, but for many reasons it won’t work. But for the present…our perspective is day by day.

Stay tuned for Gruene, Texas…and beyond…

 

New Perspectives

On December 26th, the Umpire and I headed, by car, on our first winter vacation…ever. It is one thing to fly to a far away place, and another to enjoy the ride, which at any point may become tediously long. Then again, if you have never been that way before, you have the luxury of seeing new lands for the first time.

If you have family members (that still love you!) you may call ahead and ask if they’d like to keep you overnight on the way to your destination. I have never been, ‘on my way to Texas’ before and had never been past Ohio going south. Even though we could have traveled further the first day, we wanted to spend a lengthy afternoon and overnight with family. Loved those homemade meatballs and family love!

Our first stop was Cuyahoga Valley National Park where we took a 1.5 mile hike to ‘get the day started’.

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We barely hit the Kentucky line when we stopped for a long afternoon and evening at the Creation Museum in Petersburg. There we picked up 2 tickets for the museum and the Ark Encounter for the next day.

Already familiar with Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis, we saw comparisons between the world/human view of the earth and the Biblical/historical view.

Before I post a few pictures, I am happy to say we were very impressed with the professionalism in which this museum was designed. Everything was top-notch, from facts to floor plans, from animal sculptures, to human sculptures, (even the movable ones). It gives me a sense of pride that some believers use their God given abilities to present to the world a museum well worth seeing.

We enjoyed a Christmas concert in the evening with three sisters,who sang and  played various instruments. As we left in the dark, we walked the well-groomed yards with trees full of Christmas lights.

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This guy was moving!

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Check out the website here: https://creationmuseum.org

We took a bus from the Ark center the next morning. We could see the Ark on the top of the hill from there. It was an impressive sight!

See the website here: Ark encounter.

If you’ve ever read Genesis, you know that God gave Noah the EXACT measurements for the building of the ark. At the ark you may watch a fast forward video on the building of the model ark, but I found it more educational to go through the ark, floor by floor and skip the actual building video. Once again we were impressed and spent several hours viewing the animal cages, clay bottles and troughs for watering the animals. The storage areas for food, tools, seed, hay, were placed along the walls in open cupboards. Artistic license was used on the family living quarters. The enormity of the ark certainly left an image in my mind.

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See the people in the background close to the ark.
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Small cages with clay water jugs

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Mural of universal flood

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Family area

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The dove comes back to Noah with an olive branch.

Later we headed south on Rt. 31 through the rolling hills, horse farms, and creeks, when we came upon an old cabin. The site was at Knob Creek; the homestead where Abraham Lincoln grew up.

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Shortly on down the road was the National Parks Service memorial site at Sinking Springs; Lincoln’s birthplace.

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Horses and more horses!

Kentucky is full of rolling hills, horses, and beef cows. We enjoyed the country drive when we arrived at our next destination— more family! We spent another easy evening catching up with relatives, enjoying the ability to grill steaks outdoors in December. There we set up a tour for the Mammoth Caves for the next day.

 

Stay tuned for more…