Rain, rain stay away

Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
Trip End Oct 07, 2012

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

We managed to evade the rain today; I'm not sure how, but it was great to drive without buckets of rain drenching us. We had big plans for our drive out of Nashville and into Kentucky that seemed to require an early start.

As I mentioned, our first destination was Mammoth Caves National Park to see the longest cave in the world. There isn't a whole lot to say about it other than to note that it was an enslaved guide, Stephen Bishop, who really discovered the nooks and crannies of the entire thing. He eventually bought his freedom along with that of his wife and children, but, as seems common amongst humanity when striving for such life-long goals, he died two years after accomplishing this. I'll let the pictures (not that they're so great given the low-light situation) tell the rest of the story.

Having finished up at Mammoth Caves we were on to our next stop-- Lincoln's birthplace which was the highlight of the day for me. It was the reason we got up when it was dark this morning. According to Mike, it was going to take three hours to get from Mammoth to Lincoln's birthplace, but when I set out to map it on my phone it told me it was only going to take 38 minutes. Whoops. Mike must have written down 3 hours and 8 minutes. So, we had bonus time today which was a nice surprise.

Lincoln's birthplace was fairly low-key except for the giant monument that they built for him on the site in 1920. It is a small neoclassical building, by John Russell Pope, designer of the Jefferson Memorial in DC. It houses a log cabin of the same period as Lincoln's home, but probably not the actual house. A little strange, but it didn't matter because it's really more the spirit of the thing that is inspiring. We learned two important facts about Lincoln today: 1) he was named after his grandfather, Abraham, who was killed by a Native American near Louisville which was contested land at the time and 2) Abraham (the president's) parents belonged to an anti-slavery Baptist church. From Lincoln's birthplace in a town called Hodgenville, we also went on to Knob Creek where the Lincolns' lived for several years in his boyhood. The pictures here cover both sites. 

With our newly discovered time, we rolled into Louisville around 4 PM even with our last time change into the Eastern Time Zone. We have only skimmed the top of Louisville taking pictures at Churchill Downs, a historic neighborhood and at Lynn's Paradise Cafe. We also befriended some cats at our campground which reminded us that we get to see our own cats in 5 days!

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