Sunday, November 17, 2013

Little Rock, Arkansas

We are in Little Rock, AR!!!  So far, it's been great.  I have been able to visit with my father and his wife, Michael.  She is wonderful!

One of the first things we did was visit the Old Mill Park.  This old mill is a replica of an old working mill.  The park was dedicated in 1933.  The mill does have some original parts inside.  This mill was shown in the opening credits of  "Gone With the Wind".  This park is very pretty and really interesting.

Yesterday we went on a paddle boat ride on the Mark Twain.  This took us up and down a small section of the Arkansas River.  Did you know that the Arkansas River ties into the Mississippi River?  Here is us with my parents.
Here is a picture of the Clinton Presidential Library as seen from the Mark Twain.  It's right behind the bridge.  Looks like a mobile home hanging out in the air.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Mammoth Cave National Park, KY

After the horse park, we came down to see Mammoth Cave.  There is a campground right next to the visitor's center and we stayed there.  It is strictly dry camping.  There are deer in the park everywhere.  They are not afraid of people or Starr!  I felt someone or something staring at me and turned around and it was a deer.
Here's the entrance to the cave.
We were there on Halloween and how's this for a scary picture?  Sure looks like the cave was looking out at us.
There was also bats in the cave!!!
There was a pack rat there making her nest for the next two months.  I wasn't able to get a picture of her.  But rats in the cave too!!!!
So here are a couple of pictures of the formations in the cave.  These are from the Frozen Niagara Tour.

And here are some pictures from the past mining they did for salt peter.  Once the war of 1812 was over, they just walked away from the mining operation.  The "pipes" are made from trees.  They just hollowed out the centers.


Kentucky Horse Park

After Indiana, we went down to the Kentucky Horse Park.  We were able to stay at the campgrounds there for several days.  The first day there was a competition for horses and riders.  They had various "games" that they completed on their horses.  There were teams of four and each group had to do things such as putting a cup on a post.  One of the games was having the rider run down on the horse, jump off and grab something off the ground, jump back on the horse and then put the item on a post.  They also had to pass off the an item for the next player.  I don't think I am explaining it very well, but it was exciting to watch.  Watching those people vault onto their horses - wow, better athlete than me, that's for sure.

The next day we went around and saw the various museums around the grounds.  So much to see and do there.  Here are a few pictures.

The statue above with Jeff is Man O'War.  The pictures of us on horses was a photo shop thing. 

Elkhart, IN and Amish Country

We picked up things to change in our RV in Topeka, IN.  We also took a factory tour.  The best thing is that we still really like our fifth wheel and plan to keep it for some time.  This is Amish country and we saw lots of horse and buggies traveling down the road.  I was amazed that these horses don't walk anywhere.  They trot.  I thought it was pretty cool of Walmart to provide the horse and buggies with a special place to park. 

We were also in Elkhart.  I liked the painted elk they had all around the city.  Here is a couple of my favorites.

This one above is at the RV/MH Hall of Fame.  As you can see from the picture below, Jeff picked up a new girlfriend there.  I think she told him she would share her cigars and let him win at poker.
The most unusual thing I saw at the Hall of Fame was this bathtub in a trailer.