I know I seemed anxious to get out of Tennessee in the last blog, we didn’t go too far into Kentucky, but we did get to another state! We loved the campground we stayed at for the first few days and wished we could have stayed there longer. We were at another corp of engineer park, Bailey’s point, just outside of Scottsville, KY on Barren river lake. It was a beautiful campground. We really like the COE parks, they are usually very clean and of course on or near water. I personally love being on a lakeside camping spot. We couldn’t really see the lake from our site, but through the trees you could see the water and hear the boats and jetskis. It was a short walk to get a good view. Driving into this campground was a bit tight, the road was very narrow and windy and we went super close to a dairy farm on the side of the road. I loved watching the farmers doing planting (tobacco?) with automated machines and also rolling the hay into big bales ( I have no idea what you call that, but it is cool to see).
We parked relatively quickly, yes, we are improving on our backing up into sites! This was on a Tuesday, so it wasn’t crazy busy. Leaving a campsite on a Tuesday and then rechecking into another site on a Tuesday is ideal. You miss all the traffic from weekend campers. I like watching people come and go into campsites and it gives you a chance to meet people. The stay in Bailey’s point was only 3 days. We did a lot in those days though!
Entrance into Mammoth cave
First, on Wednesday was a visit to Mammoth caves. It is one of the longest caves in the world, over 400 miles that are known and they are still discovering more. We did the historic tour that lasted about 2 hours and just walked through the cave. We didn’t do the tour of Stalactites and stalagmites, which may have been prettier. There are about 10+_cave tours that go through different sections of the caves. It is a great thing to do on a hot day because it is about 54 degrees down there. We had a nice lunch afterwords sitting on the truck bed with our picnic lunch and then took a hike. There are a lot of really good trails right around the cave that go along the green river and also go up to sinkholes where the water drains into the caves. Kentucky has a huge underground limestone cave system. It is important to mention that now for a later post on water for the Jim Beam distillery!
The next day was back into modern technology-The Corvette museum and assembly plant tour! I love the 67-69 corvettes. Kat seems to like the 53-57 year models. We had a nice drive through the countryside to the plant and then went into the museum to check in for our plant tour. I love assembly lines and seeing how things are built, so I was really excited. Our tour guide was a young guy and fairly new, but he did an ok job. They have paths that you walk along next to the assembly line with a section here and there where they stop and tell you about the processes. The cars move really slow and there are two workers who do a few jobs on each side of the car as it moves along. There are about 1000 workers in the plant. They were scheduled to make 145 cars the day we toured and were at 83 by lunchtime. It takes 3 1/2 days to put together a car.
Along with the barrel of Jack Daniels we need to save money to put together Kat’s own corvette engine. It costs 5K to do it yourself and will take about 10 hours. It the workers do it f0r you it can be done in 4 hours. You can also buy a baby book of your car being made, and watch every step of its assembly as well. I don’t know how much it costs, but if you are so in love with a car like that, it might not matter to you. It was an interesting tour and I recommend the plant/museum combo. if you remember in the news about the corvettes falling into a sinkhole, yes this is where it happened. Remember, Kentucky has quite a bit of Limestone caves underground.
Our next stop is about 45 minutes outside of Louisville, KY. Carrollton, KY. I heard it was a dinky town, but it has a Walmart! Can’t be all bad. An easy goal to achieve is visit a Walmart in every state… Did you hear that Kat?
More on Kentucky later in the next blog…. we are enjoying our stay here so far!