Over the Rivers and through the Fields

Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Paducah, KY to Jefferson City, MO, ~300 miles

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Map credit: Google Maps 2017, courtesy of AAA

We decided to walk down by the river this morning, so we parked near the new Holiday Inn and walked along Riverfront Park.  The Queen of the Mississippi was in port, so we got a better look at her this morning.  Once we got to the Crounse Corporation, we started walking down the street, and before we knew it, we were just walking up and down blocks and blocks of Paducah’s downtown, snapping photos and having a little stroll down memory lane, trying to remember which storefront was which, back in the day.

We walked over to Lower Town and took pictures of some of the decorated fire hydrants and looked at the houses and studios.  If you don’t know about Paducah’s Artist Relocation program and the Lower Town Arts District, please check it out HERE.  It’s one of the main reasons Paducah is a UNESCO city for creative arts.  We then made the fateful decision to have breakfast at Gold Rush.  No problem with the food – we just got ‘accosted’ by a totally crazy woman who sat down next to us and talked non-stop (to us) the entire time we were there.  And when I say crazy, I mean seriously mentally ill.  It was sad, truly, and it did put a damper on our day, at least for a little while.  As soon as we could escape gracefully, we did, and we stopped by the Visitor’s Bureau to say goodbye to Mary, then we stopped by the River Discovery Center to see if there were any eclipse t-shirts left.  No luck!

We drove back to the hotel and got cleaned up and loaded the car, and we were off, but not until after noon!!  Kim bravely decided that she could drive across the old, narrow, iron grate-bottomed, scary Irvin Cobb Bridge over to Brookport, Illinois, so off we went, with no plan and no paper map of Illinois!  We opted to cross the Mississippi at Chester instead of going all the way to St. Louis, and on the way we went through Metropolis, Vienna, Anna, and Jonesboro.  We went through a bit of a hard rain between Vienna and Anna, but it had almost stopped raining by the time we saw a sign for the site of one of the Lincoln-Douglas debates.  It doesn’t take much for us to stop…

As we drove into Chester, we noted that it was the home of Popeye (the Sailor Man) and his assorted motley crew, so again, we were forced to stop for some photo opportunities.  Kim crossed another old bridge here, and we went from being high on a bluff to in the flatlands of Missouri.  Before long though, we were in some hilly-ish country.  As usual, we opted to stay off of interstates as much as possible, but we did have to hop on for a few miles to get up to Festus.  Shades of Gunsmoke!

From looking at the map, it looked like we could make it to Jefferson City for the evening, and it also looked like our best chance for a meal before then was in St. Clair, a little town on Route 66.  We had eaten at the Lewis Cafe there for breakfast back on our second Route 66 venture back in 2007, and we were pleasantly surprised to see that the restaurant was still open!  Since they butcher their own meat, we opted for burgers and shared a plate of homemade onion rings.  And since they had pie….

Once done with dinner, we made our way to Missouri’s capital city, arriving at our hotel before 8 PM!  Since we had toured the capitol building on our 2010 road trip, we did not need to redo that, even though the capitol is one of my favorites – and it is massive!  We spent our evening looking through photos and blogging, and wondering where the next day would find us!

 

Totally Experiencing Totality!

At long last, the day of the eclipse was upon us!  Kim and I went for a walk and it was hotter than any of the previous days, even though we got an earlier start – not a great sign!  The sky was clear, though, so we were hoping it would stay that way.  Judy had gone to Red’s for doughnuts, so we all shared a big box of pure sweetness – heavenly!

We got downtown and found parking spaces with no problems, and we just wandered around a bit prior to time to enter the party area.  Soon it was time, so we staked out a table in the breeziest section of the yard.  We were joined by Jeanne and Pat, a delightful couple from Chicago who had come to Paducah for the big event.  They were a hoot and we loved having them celebrate with us!  It was plenty warm, so Jim and Alex went back to their car to get a couple of golf umbrellas, as we had no shade at all.  Thankfully, we could go into the Carson Center for beer and bathroom breaks.  Lunch was served about 11:30, but we waited a good bit later so that the line was not so long.  BBQ, baked beans, hash brown casserole, cole slaw, cookies, and Moon Pies were on the menu, and they were delicious!

I had a great eclipse timer app, so we were able to know the exact moment when first contact would appear at our location – it was so exciting!!  Things started moving quickly after that, and we were all so surprised that our eclipse glasses worked so well, because you could not see one thing out of them in normal light!  We decided to try some pinhole ‘cameras’, and that was fun.  We took pictures of the eclipse shadows on our hands, on eclipse handouts, and on plain paper.  It took us a while to work out the best angles and positions, but we did it!

At one point, we noticed that shadows of the leaves on the sidewalk had changed, and anywhere there was a hole in a leaf, there was a crescent-shaped shadow.  We took off the tablecloth on the table next to us in hopes of seeing shadow bands (at second and fourth contact) on the white surface.  And we did, but it was really hard to get a good photo of them.  Blissfully, as it got closer to time for the full eclipse, the temperature dropped significantly.  There were no animals around to observe ‘strange’ behavior, and before we knew it, the total eclipse was happening!  We saw the diamond ring, and then we heard the app tell us “Glasses off!!” – the moment of totality was finally here!  I got a couple of great photos, and noticed lots of bugs hitting my arms.  Then the app told us to observe the horizon, and we say what looked like a beautiful sunset.

All too soon, it was time to put our glasses back on and prepare for fourth contact.  Pat had recorded a video during totality, and we were shocked to hear the crickets chirping and cicadas humming during it.  That explained the bugs hitting me – as if it were nightfall!  The big post-eclipse excitement was learning that Paducah would be in the path of the next one, which just happens to be on Jenny’s birthday in 2024!!  Pat and Jeanne are planning to join us, wherever we end up watching it!

Lots of people started leaving fairly soon, even though the moon still had a ways to go before the sun was uncovered.  Between the heat and the fear of huge traffic jams, many were ready to get out of there!  Jim and Alex left after a while to get back to Memphis, but Jenny and Judy had some shopping to do.  We were able to see the last bit of the eclipse before leaving.

On our way back to the hotel, we drove by PTHS (our high school) and we stopped by the Chief Paduke statue.  J & J headed back to Nashville hoping not to run into a big traffic jam, and thankfully, they were rewarded!  None of our group hit traffic, but we talked to several who had a seven hour ride back to Louisville (about twice what it would normally be)!!

Kim went to visit her friend Francie, and I did some laundry for us, and then we both enjoyed the Homewood happy hour.  On our way downtown for dinner, we drove by our old house, and then we made our way to Max’s, where we enjoyed delicious salmon and a perfect gin and tonic.  After dinner, we walked back down to the river to see the Queen of the Mississippi, and then we called it a day.  And what a special one it was!!

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It’s finally here!  Let’s have a cookie!

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Sundrop/Moon Pie Eclipse Party is about to begin!

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Judy has her first Moon Pie

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Jim and Kim taking in the action.

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Jenny has the eclipse in her hand.

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It took a team effort to get the pinhole pictures!

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Another pinhole shadow

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One more

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Jenny getting a good view

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The whole crowd was into it!

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It’s hard to see, but these were the shadow bands…

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Glasses off – TOTALITY!!

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It was almost like sundown…

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Looking toward the river during totality

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We stopped by the Chief Paduke statue before Jenny and Judy left town.

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Our old house is looking pretty good.

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Our home away from home for a few days – neat clouds on eclipse day!

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The Queen of the Mississippi was docked in Paducah

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Love this sign!

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Kim and I went to Max’s for dinner.

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A delicious eclipse Hendrick’s and Fever-Tree

Let’s Get This Party Started

Sunday, 20 August 2017
Paducah KY

For the second day in a row (off to a good start!), Kim and I got a walk in.  We drove over to Noble Park where we walked through the park, on top of the levee, and on the greenway to Stuart Nelson Park and back.  By the time we got back and cleaned up, Judy and Jenny were back from church and Jim and Alex were almost here.  The girls enjoyed the service at Grace Episcopal and thought the church was beautiful.  The guys had no problem getting here – no traffic jams between here and Memphis.

Soon we were off in search of lunch downtown, where we found that quite a few people had the same idea.  Shandie’s was packed and reported an hour wait, so we opted for Kirchhoff’s instead.  Good call! Our sandwiches were huge, tasty, and the bread was divine!  Most of us could not even finish our meals!  After lunch, we walked over to the National Quilt Museum, where we spent the next couple of hours admiring the incredible fiber arts on display there.  As is always the case, our guests, who were humoring us by agreeing to go to the museum, were amazed by what they saw!  This is NOT your grandma’s quilt museum!  Should you ever find yourself in Paducah, whether you are a quilter or not, male or female, young or old – please trust me and spend an hour in the National Quilt Museum.  You will not be disappointed – except that you can’t take photos!  Judy, Jenny, Jim, and Alex all agreed that the museum is badly named and they were glad we insisted they visit it.  Like I said – just trust us.  I go every time I’m in town, as the exhibits change regularly.

By the time we walked back in the hot sun, we were all screaming for ice cream, so back we went to Curls & Cream – since Jim and Alex had missed yesterday’s run.  I opted for S’mores this time -so good!  Kim had Oreo with pecans, caramel sauce, and whipped cream.  Yum!  We wanted to show the gang the Hotel 1857, and it just happened that the bar was open and the AC was going strong, so we ended up spending the rest of the afternoon there, chatting with Jacob the bartender and with other patrons (including a bourbon purveyor). Before we knew it, it was time to go to Doe’s Eat Place for dinner.  Doe’s was packed and the place was hopping!  Somehow, we managed to eat most of our steaks and shrimp – again, Doe’s knows steak!

By this time, we were all about to crash, so we headed back to the hotel so that we could rest up for the big event!  Thanks, Kim Ford, for having Kim & me!!

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Grace Episcopal Church, Paducah KY

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Greenway trails

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The duck pond at Noble Park

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Walking along the levee

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Why did the ducks cross the road?

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Such good bread!

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Eclipse cookies at Kirchhoff’s

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Lewis & Clark and Sacajawea in front og the Quilt Museum

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The Yeiser yak is ready for the eclipse

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Love the Curls & Cream t-shirts!

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This is how they roll the ice cream – so cool!

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My s’mores cup with Reese’s, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream. And toasted marshmallows, of course!

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The J team!

You Can Go Home Again

I love to travel, especially by car.  I’ve been to all fifty states, most of them more than once.  In fact, I think Alaska is the only state I’ve only been to one time.  I’ve been to a lot of state capitols –  gone through security (for the few that have them!), signed their guest registers, taken tours, taken tons of photos, and marveled at the grandeur of some and the simplicity of others.

I’ve lived in four states – Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Texas.  A couple of years ago, my sister and I, who grew up in Kentucky, went inside the Kentucky state capitol in Frankfort for the first time ever.  Care to guess three other state capitols I have NOT been inside?  Bingo – Tennessee, North Carolina, and Texas! Why do we do that?  Why is it that we make it a point to see the unfamiliar while we ignore what’s in our own backyard?

I’m on the road again, with my sister, and we spent the past day or so touring eastern Kentucky, traveling on roads through counties we’d only heard of (our whole lives!) but had NEVER been near.  We sat through a traffic jam (due to a bad wreck) in Hazard (yes, that same Dukes of Hazzard Hazard!), stopped at farmers’ market in Corbin (home of the Colonel Sanders Cafe and Museum), sat down and listened to Loretta Lynn in Butcher Holler, gazed at the strip mines and the stuff that came out of them, passed through towns like Eighty-eight, Rowdy, Sassafras, Seventy-six, and Dice, and we started our day the best way – admiring a spectacular rainbow caused by Cumberland Falls.

We traveled on US highways, state highways, county roads, roads with four numbers that are barely over two lanes wide and are very curvy, parkways, scenic byways, and even a few miles (less than twenty!) on interstates.  We dodged critters – deer, dogs, cats, and raccoons – and saw (and smelled) plenty of evidence of those that didn’t get out of the way fast enough.  We delighted in the thousands of lightning bugs we saw last night, and we noticed that even the smallest of towns in eastern Kentucky seemed to have Dollar General Stores, Arby’s, McDonald’s, Subway, Long John Silvers, KFC, and of course, Wal-Mart.  A dismal commentary, in my mind!

We traversed the Daniel Boone National Forest, much of which probably hasn’t changed since Daniel Boone passed through, and we rode up the Country Music Highway.  We have a new appreciation for the other end of our home state, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we come back some day.  So what’s in your backyard that you haven’t explored?  What is it you don’t appreciate or that you just take for granted?  I’ll bet that if you made it a point to treat your home town or state as an exotic location, you’d find jewels just like we have!

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Kentucky State Capitol, Frankfort, 2009

Where the Wind Blows Us, Day 2

Monday, 6 June 2011
Cumberland Falls KY to Ripley WV  324 miles

We started our day with a big delicious breakfast at the Dupont Lodge.  The dining room looks out over the Cumberland River, and one wall of the room is windows.  Just outside the windows is a garden with lots of bird feeders.  Brilliant yellow gold finches were feasting on thistle seeds and ingenious squirrels were doing their best to get a free meal, too.  The window next to our table had little paw prints on it, about two or three feet up.  We weren’t sure which animal had made them until we saw a raccoon out there scrounging around!  We had a good laugh when we looked up to see a man in plaid shorts and a beret out there, too!

We were thrilled to see country ham on the breakfast menu – we had come home!  We shared a breakfast of country ham, potatoes, cooked apples, biscuits, redeye gravy, and eggs.  It was the perfect way to start the day and it made us think of Daddy, who LOVED country ham and redeye gravy.  After our meal, we went up to the patio and took some pictures of the river and the valley below, and then we were off to the Falls.

Cumberland Falls is the only waterfall in the western hemisphere that has a regular and predictable moonbow.  Victoria Falls in Africa is the only other waterfall that does, although Niagara sometimes has one.  A moonbow occurs only during a full moon, just after the moon has risen high enough in the sky to cause enough light to shine on the falls in a way that forms a spectrum like a rainbow.  Sadly, we weren’t there during a full moon, but we enjoyed the rainbow that was vibrant and big on this day!  Lots of photos later, we were ready to hit the road.  Never mind that it was after noon before we left – it took us a while to get back in road trip mode!

The first town that we came to was Corbin, home of the Colonel Sanders Cafe and Museum.  Given our late start, along with other things that we wanted to do and see, we didn’t stop…but we did stop at a Farmer’s Market to buy some fresh peaches.  Even though Kim and I grew up in Kentucky, neither of us had been much east of I-75, so we were looking forward to exploring Appalachia in our home state.  It was surprising to us to see so many coal mines still operating.  Our drive through the mountains was beautiful, though, especially in the Daniel Boone National Forest.

Another surprise along the way – a traffic jam in Hazard – go figure!  It was caused by an accident, but still!  Our main route today was Highway 23, also known as the Country Music Highway because of the multitude of talent born and raised along this route.  We stopped at the Country Music Highway Museum in Paintsville to learn some more about these singers.  It was a small museum, but pretty new and very nicely done. The most famous singers from this area are Loretta Lynn and her baby sister, Crystal Gayle, who were born in nearby Butcher Holler.  Other big names that you may recognize are Tom T. Hall, Keith Whitley, Ricky Skaggs, Naomi and Wynonna Judd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dwight Yoakam, and Patty Loveless. There were others, but that should give you some idea!  The woman in the museum was so friendly and helpful – we were glad we had stopped!

From Paintsville we continued north on US 23 until we were almost to West Virginia.  We crossed the Ohio River on the Kentucky side of Huntington and hopped on US 60 into Charleston.  Highway 60 goes all the way across Kentucky to Paducah, so it was fun to be on it in West Virginia.  We had hoped to stop in at the Blenko Glass museum in Milton, but it was after five by the time we got there, so we just kept going.  Thankfully, the capitol building in Charleston was open until 7 PM, so we knew we would get to see it!  Charleston was much prettier than I expected it to be, and the capitol was big and domed.  It was not the prettiest one we’ve seen, but by no means was it the ugliest, either! My favorite thing there was a cool statue of Abe Lincoln out front.  It was called “Lincoln at Midnight” and he is pacing the halls in his bathrobe.  Oddly enough, just a few yards away was a statue of native son Stonewall Jackson.  That unpleasantness really caused big divisions, didn’t it?

A couple of high school kids were getting their (prom? graduation?) pictures taken on the capitol steps, so that was some good entertainment for us.  She was in a short bright royal blue dress and had a matching blue streak in the front of her very blonde hair.  She wore 4″ high heels (black) and her bra was almost completely exposed in the back as her strapless dress rode lower and lower.  Her boyfriend was wearing a blue tie that matched her dress, and someone’s mom was playing photographer.  A little brother was getting over it pretty quickly.  We just snickered.  And took a couple of pictures.  So mean.

We had thought we would spend the night here, but it was early enough when we left the capitol that we thought we’d move on, provided we could find a place to stay that wasn’t too far away.  Once we got that taken care of, off we went.  Ripley was our destination, and we got there with no problem.  Our biggest fear once there was that we wouldn’t find a place for dinner, and breakfast was a LONG time ago!  The only non-chain restaurant in town (that we could find out about) was a Mexican joint in a nearby strip shopping center, so that’s where we went.  Kim had enchiladas and I had a chili relleno and a burrito.  Not bad!  So there you have it – day two, in the bag!

Where the Wind Blows Us, Part 1

Sunday 5 June 2011
Nashville TN to Cumberland Falls KY  210 miles

My flight was late, but my bags made it (long story, just know it’s a minor miracle that they made it to Nashville with me and not to Austin with Rex.  Rex’s bag was found a few days ago in Baltimore…) and Kim picked me up at BNA about 4 PM.  We were both starving, so we totally broke one of our major Sassy Sister Road Rules and stopped at Wendy’s for a little snack.  It just turned out that we had exited on US 31E, which is exactly where we needed to be, so after we were not starving, off we went.  Our destination – Cumberland Falls State Park in Kentucky, allegedly 3.5 hours from Nashville.  And what was the first photo that we took?  It was a pink elephant!  Who knew it would not be the ONLY one we saw?!?

As we drove along admiring the many large horse farms, old tobacco barns, and the gently rolling hills of middle Tennessee, we realized that a big storm must have recently passed through.  We saw branches and even trees down, and lots of leaves and sticks all over the place, and the road was still wet.  Glad we missed that!  Before long we were in Kentucky, and it was here that I had to really start paying attention to the maps and navigating.  Those of you who have followed us in years past will be glad to know that we remembered to gas up before we got off the main highway!  We also had to stop around 9 PM or so at an Arby’s (twice in one day we are ordering from chain restaurants!!) and get some food to take with us so that we could have a little supper if we ever arrived.

Along the way, we saw lots of critters – dogs, cats, alpacas, skunk (well, we mostly smelled them, and knew we were home again!), and LOTS of deer.  Our favorite critters of the night – a rock formation on the side of the road that was painted to look like a cow jumping over the road, and the thousands of fireflies that decorated the countryside and transported us back to our childhoods.  Kim did a great job dodging the deer, many of whom jumped out onto the road as if they wanted to ride with us.

We’ve learned a few things about the numbering system of highways – the big US highways are usually one digit or two; state roads are often double or triple digits; county roads are the triple digits; and the four digit roads….well, they are often like single lane streets, and they don’t always find their way onto printed maps.  We’ve become pretty familiar with some of them over the past few years!   We found ourselves on routes 90, 92, 27, 700, 1162 (as well as some un-numbered and unnamed roads), and 90 again before we made it to Cumberland Falls, but of course, we made it.  One other observation from our evening drive – we are still baffled by roundabouts, especially when listening to the Garmin!

We checked into DuPont Lodge at Cumberland Falls State Park, found our room (not without a bit of difficulty, and without the benefit of elevators), and had a bit of a laugh about it.  We had been told it was a small room, but we figured any room that was big enough for two queen sized beds couldn’t be too small.  Let’s just say it was big enough for two queen sized beds.  But it also had a chair, a table with a TV (old kind, not flat screen) on it, and a night stand.  That was pushing it a little!  We got settled, enjoyed our little Arby’s picnic, and hit the sack, ready for a big adventure.

Rollin’ up the River Road

Thursday, Sept 24, 2009

We weren’t in a big rush this morning, since we didn’t have far to go today.  On the agenda – breakfast, a visit to Graceland Too in Holly Springs (allegedly open 24/7, in the home of an eccentric Elvis-loving man), a stop at Kim’s house in Memphis, and ending up in Paducah in time to eat at Doe’s (we were already craving chocolate cobbler…)  It was a little drizzly and foggy – the perfect weather for dawdling.  We weren’t sure where to eat, but since Oxford is a college town, we knew there would be some great breakfast places nearby.  Sure enough, a little research on the iphone took us straight to Big Bad Breakfast, which was tucked away in a little strip shopping center.  I was pretty sure I would like it just from the name, but when we walked through the front door, which was clearly recycled from a college classroom and bore the label “Organic Chemistry” I knew we had come to the right place!

The menu looked great – obviously lots of dishes were prepared with locally grown and/or fresh ingredients, although you can probably guess that there weren’t many ‘heart-healthy’ items on the list.  Kim chose the Big Bad Breakfast, which was scrambled eggs, bacon, home fries, and toast.  I got the Secret History, which was fantastic!  It was a huge omelet, made with shallots, fresh herbs, tomatoes, and Swiss cheese, and it was served with home fries and a big biscuit.  Best part about the biscuit (which I couldn’t finish) was the homemade raspberry jam.  Great way to start the day!  Read more about this yummy place at www.bigbadbreakfast.com – oh, and another thing we loved about it was the light fixtures over each booth.  All different and all made from recycled items – see for yourself!

Holly Springs and Graceland Too are just up the road from Oxford, so off we went.  Kim’s daughter, Kerry, has visited GT many times, so we had an idea what to expect.  It would be a little hard to describe, and many others have tried, so let me give you this website so you can be prepared –  http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/11097  Sadly, there were two things that we weren’t prepared for – first, the house is not pink and second, contrary to ALL published accounts and first-hand reports, NO ONE CAME TO THE DOOR!  We rang the bell, we knocked, we honked, we yelled, we circled the property, we attempted to agitate the dog, we stood around for much longer than we should have, and we DIDN’T GET IN!!  Bummer.

Spurned by the host who is always home, we dejectedly got back in the car and headed for Memphis.  We arrived just about the time we knew that Jim would be on his lunch break, and sure enough, we tracked him down.  Since we were still stuffed from breakfast and Jim had finished lunch, we just settled for hugs in the parking lot.  We stopped by Kim’s house just long enough for her to gather up some things she needed, clean out the car a little bit, off-load some things we wouldn’t need any more, and to give Kim some time to take care of a little business since she’d been gone for a couple of weeks.

In one of our less than stellar moves, we decided to take the “scenic” route to Paducah, and rather than taking the normal, albeit boring route up the parkway from Fulton, we got back on the Great River Road and toured rural (very rural) western Kentucky.  There had been so much rain lately that the road itself looked like a river in places!  There was not much to see, although we did see a magnificent heron taking flight.

 

We had some fond memories of family outings and picnics at Columbus-Belmont State Park, so we set our sights for it.  To give you a little background – Columbus Belmont is right on the Mississippi River, and it’s where Confederate troops got the bright idea to stretch a giant chain across the river in an attempt to stop the advancing Union troops.  You get a gold star if you figured out that the plan didn’t work.  But here’s a piece of the chain and a look at the river!

Columbus was called the “Gibraltar of the West” by the Confederates, and was considered by them the key to their defense of the upper Mississippi River valley.  The anchor weighs six tons…

It was dreary and raining a little bit while we were here, and it probably goes without saying that we were the only ones visiting this out of the way state park today.  I’m not even sure if the rangers were there!  We are impressed by the Kentucky State Park system, though.  Many of the parks have gorgeous and challenging golf courses, and most of them have pretty decent lodging and camping facilities.  Much better than the NC state parks I’ve seen!  As we left the park, we just decided to make a beeline for Paducah (not that there is a very direct route from here to anywhere…) but we got stopped by a commotion in the middle of the road.


It was almost dark by the time we got to town, so we checked into our new home away from home (it’s really strange to stay in a hotel room in the town you grew up in) and then we went straight downtown to Doe’s.  The Barbeque on the River fest was in full swing, although given the lateness of the hour and the rain that was starting to fall, we were able to get a parking place without too much trouble.  The lower blocks of Broadway and Jefferson were closed to vehicles, and there were still LOTS of people downtown.  Thankfully, most of them were eating barbeque, so we got a great table right in front of the Ole Miss – South Carolina football game on the big screen.  Gotta love Thursday night football!  Doe’s was worth the wait – man, is their food good!  Kim opted for their famous tamales and chili, but I splurged on a nice big rare filet and a perfect baked potato.  Good eats!  But the best was yet to come – the main reason we came was for the chocolate cobbler, and we were not disappointed!  Don’t miss Doe’s when you come to Paducah!

 We were excited to be back in our hometown and were looking forward to reconnecting with our high school classmates over the next few days.  But for now, stuffed and sated and sleepy, it was dreamtime!

Dreaming of chocolate…

Jan