Kentucky and Illinois

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Sunday brought us to Mammoth Cave National Park. It was quite busy when we arrived since it was the holiday weekend but we got a campsite with no problem at the national park. This is the first place John was able to get his National Parks SENIOR pass. Only cost $10 for a lifetime and you get into all the national parks as well as a discount for campgrounds. He was pretty exited to get discounts of $25 just on his first day of having the pass. There is something to be said for turning 62.

As with each campsite we have been to, we find out where the hiking trails are and whether we are up to the task of the trails. We didn’t walk too much on Sunday as John was still recouping from his sore back and 24 hours after my bee sting, my leg decided to swell up so much it was painful to walk. But by Monday we were good to go.

Monday was a rainy day but we signed up to do the cave tour so weather wasn’t a factor. The tour was fascinating. It was 2 hours underground and the first part was walking down about 300 stairs and the last part was walking up 100 stairs. I couldn’t get any pictures in the cave as they wouldn’t allow flash photography and I couldn’t get anything without the flash.

Since it was still raining after our tour, we decided to head into Bowling Green to the Corvette Museum. I decided I wanted the 1963 Corvette and not the later models. They showed the area along with some of the Corvettes that were involved in the sinkhole in February, 2014. There were 8 that fell into this sinkhole. Some will be restored. There was special parking outside for Corvette parking only but we didn’t think our truck and camper would qualify.

After dinner we took a walk around the park and at the visitor center we looked up and there were 5 deer within 5-10 feet of us. They didn’t seem to mind that we were there.

Tuesday we went on another small hike to the river and came across a ferry. It holds up to 3 cars and you could throw a stone across the river to reach the other side. The man we talked with at the ferry was interesting and told us it was cheaper to have this ferry manned 364 days a year (except Christmas) than to put in a bridge. Hard to believe.  They transported 720 cars back and forth just on Memorial Day.

Animal sightings: deer, turkeys, squirrels, bluebird.

May 26, Nashville, IL Washington County State Reservation Area

This campground was probably the best we have been at yet. Of course, by looking at our capsite pictures, I am sure they all look the same. We arrived in the afternoon took our usual afternoon walk and then another in the evening. The evening walk brought us to the lake where we saw geese and a beautiful heron posing for us at the water’s edge. Of course each time we see some picture-worthy photos, I haven’t brought my camera. So you’ll just have to take our word for it. (Kind of like the fisherman story of his catch.) After this walk, I said I will continue to bring my camera everywhere we go.

With all the technology gadgets we have with us, it has become a challenge to get onto the Internet at the places we stay and upload pictures to the blog. And on this trip, our GPS has decided it can’t find Missouri, Colorado or a number of states going west. Maybe there just isn’t much past Illinois?

Animal sightings: More squirrels than you can imagine (Jim you would love it here.), heron, egret, hawk, goose, deer, red-wing blackbird, woodpecker.

Our favorite campsite so far at Washington County, Nashville, Illinois
Our favorite campsite so far at Washington County, Nashville, Illinois
Campsite at Mammoth Cave
Campsite at Mammoth Cave
Bluebird spotted while waiting for our Cave tour
Bluebird spotted while waiting for our Cave tour

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Maine plate at Corvette Museum
Maine plate at Corvette Museum
Corvette Museum
Corvette Museum
Echo River Trail, Mammoth Cave
Echo River Trail, Mammoth Cave
Green River Ferry
Green River Ferry