On the road with Ed and Judie travel blog

Black Barn

another black barn scene

and, also, black fences

A castle!! just don't know the story

A Catholic Care Center. there's a story here, also

Nice fall color

Horse and barn

Horse Farm

Love this fence

the grounds around Keeneland

A little shotgun story

Appalachian barn

The bee-warned tree!

the broom and rope cabin

Daniel Boone's Cabin

Fiddle box and tools

A gourd bird house

Orange Crate chair

Roy Acuff display

Mammoth Caverns area red Tree

Sheer Stone along highways

Tobacco Leaves drying

More Tobacco Leaves drying

Squished leaves in the slide

Versailles Water Tower

Wild turkey distillery

Judie on the Wild Turkey


Thursday we headed out of TN, packing some leaves squished into the slide! The traveling was smooth and easy.

Before we left TN, we visited the Museum of Appalachia, located in the town of Norris, TN. This museum is affiliated with the Smithsonian Museums and is considered to be the ‘most authentic and complete replica of pioneer Appalachian life in the world’. What a delight to wander through this museum for a hour or two. The ‘problem’ was, we missed so much, and really would have spent at least a day, if we had the time to browse to our hearts content. We promised ourselves to return to this area.

The Appalachia People are to be admired for their ability to be inventive in their life, as well as being kind, gentle and compassionate, yet tough and resourceful. Judie would really like to learn more about that culture.

Back on the road, working towards meeting our goal of being north of London, KY before we settle for the night. Renfro Valley had a nice looking campground in our Trailer Life resource, and we decided to settle there. To our surprise, the Renfro Valley area is an entertainment center for country music! The folks camping there told us that Renfro Valley rivals Nashville in the ‘class of entertainment’ with their concerts. We were too tired to go to the ‘front-porch pickin’ concert that evening, but, we had commitments later in the week, and could not stay an extra day… so, we promised ourselves to return to this area.

Now, a quick drive thru Lexington, which is the blue-grass, horse farms and the Keeneland Race Track area. Judie took photos from the truck and this is the first time that we noticed the black barns and fences. We are very curious about the reason for the black buildings. Again,we promised ourselves to return to this area.

As we travel, we discover the KY Bourbon Trail, and decided to stop at the Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, KY. We watched a short film on the distilling of Kentucky Bourbon, learned that the ‘secret ingredient’ of limestone filtered water and had a bit of tasting. We left there with a bottle and a pair of souvenir glasses.

After following an poorly planned scenic drive, very narrow windy road, we returned to the Interstate and proceeded to the Diamond Caverns RV Resort to spend three days of R and R. It’s a nice rural camp that provided just what we wanted. We enjoyed a few short drives, and Tobie is sporting a new grooming job. Judie’s not sure he enjoyed it, probably did not….

Sunday morning we attended church at the campground. There were six of us, ('where two or three are gathered together...there am I also'). The preacher was an elderly revival speaker, a little unorganized in his sermon, but very interesting to listen to his stories of tent preaching. The remembrable person in the service was the outstanding 'country girl' (60ish) who had a beautiful voice and perfect pitch. She accompanied herself with the accordian. When she (and we) sang 'Amazing Grace', Judie was so moved she wept a tear or two. Just an incredable worship of our God.

AND, the answer to the black barns (probably, according to locals) is that they used to brush creosote and oil on the wood as a preservative...

On to Nashville today…



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