Adventure and intrigue and amazement and doubt and laughter and awe and silliness and a boatload of photos to document it all.
Be prepared, because for the foreseeable future, every post I write will be about this vacation.
So, to answer the question in the title, you get lots and lots and lots of stories and photos!
Lucky for you, since everyone knows there is nothing more fun than to sit through the vacation photos of another family.
1. Hodgenville, Kentucky - birthplace of Abe Lincoln. About 10 states claim good ol' Abe in some way, but he really was born in Kentucky.
|Cuckoo put himself in charge of the map of the park.|
|They went all out to impress and protect. All that's in that building is the little, empty log cabin in which Lincoln was born.|
|We've been in lots of caves, but this is the first time we've been in one where the cave didn't have lights to guide us. There were 3 flashlights for 14 people. Caves are dark, ya'll.|
|Back to fresh air, freedom, and light!|
|My mom and Cuckoo taking a break after climbing the 203 steps to get out of the cave.|
3. Memphis, Tennessee
3a. Shelby Farm Park - There are gobs of things to do at this park; riding horses, paddleboating, disc golf, hiking, biking, and observing buffalo to name a few. We spent most of our time here at the gigantic playground.
|Half an hour alone was spent playing this game of "Catch the football I toss to you as you slide down". The slide was really slick, so half the time, the slider landed in a ball at the bottom.|
3b. Island Queen River Boat/Beale Street Landing
|The roof of the gift shop/ticket booth is a huge hill of grass. As Giant says, "Rolling down that hill will mess you up." He would be the kid in the photo who can't stand up straight. :)|
|I do believe the wind was in Star's eyes.|
|The food was good, but the atmosphere was better. People were encouraged to use their straws to shoot their frilly toothpicks into the ceiling...|
|and sign every surface in the building.|
4a. The Big Dam Bridge wasn't there 19 years ago.
|That bridge isn't for cars. Walkers and bike riders only.|
4b. Pinnacle Mountain was, but back then a person could drive to the top. Not so today. There are two trails up the mountain, and the kids chose the "more rugged" one. "Rugged" my butt.
|The first 10 minutes of the climb was peaches and cream. Full of skipping and hopping.|
|Rocks got real real quick.|
|Big, helter-skelter rocks as far as the eye could see.|
|We took several breaks and sent photos down to my mom, who wisely decided to skip this activity.|
|We chose to avoid death by going down the less rugged side.|
5. Hot Springs, Arkansas
|Inside one of the luxurious bathhouses.|
|There is a reason the town is called Hot Springs. This is Cuckoo after he put one tip of one finger in one of the springs. For 10 minutes, he hopped around yelling, "It's hot! It's hot!"|
|The big kids thought the water felt great.|
6. Cairo, Illinois
|The only reason to visit Cairo. The town is just plain sad, but it is the best place to see where the Ohio River dumps into the Mississippi. It was awesome.|
- Apple Valley Hillbilly Gardens and Toyland, near Paducah, Kentucky. Just go to their website to see more. This place is fantastic. For so many reasons.
|He's all about giving the hillbilly version of famous art. In this case, Cadillac Ranch has become Lawnmower Ranch.|
- Jungle Golf, out in the middle of nowhere, Kentucky - We stopped just to play some miniature golf, but when we went to pay, the woman asked if we were going to do anything else while there. Anything else?? Um, yes.
First, we golfed...
|Buttercup is a little bit a lot less than good at putting.|
|We could stop as often as we wanted to visit and feed the animals.|
|Emu photo bomb.|
|They thought I was going to crash into them with my golf cart.|
Anyone still with me??
Wake up! I'm done!
Future posts will not be quite so photo heavy. I promise.
Now, I'm sure you have quite a list of things for which you are thankful this week. Tell me about them.
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