Hey Guys!! Are you ready for Part Two? While we spent a good portion of our time exploring distilleries, that’s not all we did while we were in Kentucky!
We stayed at a small RV park just outside Bardstown, KY. It was just close enough to everything to be convenient and just far enough away from everything that we didn’t feel like we were in town.
Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky. The place where he was born is now a National Park. About where the cabin he was born in sat, is now a memorial.
Inside the memorial you can see a cabin that is of the same time period taken from the area, but it’s not the actual cabin Lincoln was born in. We learned about Lincoln’s early years before he moved to Illinois. It was a nice little park and we went on a beautiful day!
We also made it to Mammoth Cave National Park where the boys got some Junior Rangering done!
Sooo…caves are really dark. I took loads of pictures in the hopes that at least a few would come out. I tried, Guys! We signed up for a cave tour before we went. We wanted to do more than one, but apparently, cave tours are super popular and we waited too long. Bummer.
Our tour group was huge…close to 100 people. We weren’t really expecting that. Somehow we ended up at the back of the group and every time we got to the next Ranger stop, the Ranger had already finished up talking. We caught the tail end of her spiel a couple of times, but not enough to really tell you about. This was the first time we’ve had that happen…and honestly…we didn’t like it. If the NPS really needs to have smaller cave tour groups.
At one point during the tour the Ranger turned off all the lights and talked to us by lantern light.
One of the best parts of the tour was the Fat Man’s Misery!
Littlest had no problems with this super narrow section of the cave.
Right after the Fat Man’s Misery is the Tall Man’s Misery where even I (at my 5’1″ height) had to bend over. It’s hard to see, but the guy in the picture was the guy right behind me during the tour. He had to have been close to 6’4″ and had a really difficult time with both the Misery sections. This cave tour is not for someone who struggles with claustrophobia.
We’d only been in one other cave and then a lava tube so we didn’t really know what to expect with Mammoth Cave. We would like to go back sometime and do some of the other tours that we missed out on. Maybe if we go during the off season the tour groups will be smaller.
Bardstown is a pretty small town, but we did find a couple of foodies. In the picture above is a Southern Burger with pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes. Now, you might remember I had something similar to this in Charleston, SC and it was pretty darn amazing! I had high hopes for this Southern Burger…it was decent. It would have been a lot better if the pimento cheese wasn’t so sweet.
This is called a Kentucky Hot Brown! And it’s pretty darn good!! It’s hard to tell from the picture above, but it’s an open-faced sandwich with ham, turkey, and bacon. If you get the chance to try one, do!!
Are you ready for some pretties?!
I took quite a few pictures of pretties, but I’ll just share a few with you!
I love the colors of this one!!
That’s it for our Kentucky adventures!!
See y’all down the road!