In this week’s video we drive through the great state of Indiana.
In the morning, we leave our campsite at the Louisville Metro KOA and begin driving north. The idea is to reach Elkhart, the RV Capital of the World by sundown.
As part of our journey we go through the Indiana capital, the great city of Indianapolis. Although we don’t get to explore much, we do drive through downtown, see the Capitol building, which in Indiana is called the Statehouse, and the also famous Soldiers and Sailors Monument which is an obelisk in a very centric traffic circle, which honors the veterans of the Civil War. As we leave the city we also see the Scottish Right Cathedral, one of the largest masonic buildings in the world. Did I mention it belongs to the Freemasons?
As we continue north we also drive through Kokomo. Remember the Beach Boy’s song? “In the Florida Keys there’s a place called Kokomo”. Well it turns out the real Kokomo is here in Central Indiana, and it doesn’t display any of the tropical innuendo depicted in the 1980’s hit song. There are a bunch of automotive plants, which is surprising because I was under the impression we didn’t manufacture anything anymore.
We continue and eventually reach Elkhart. The reason we are here, besides it being a pretty town, is because on the next day we pan to visit the RV/MH Hall of Fame. It is an RV museum, and in their collection the have some of the first houses on wheels, going back to the beginnings of the automobile invention.
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The definitive Kentucky video is finally here.
First we visit Makers Mark Kentucky Bourbon Whisky distillery. At the beautiful property we learn about their history, the whiskey making process, and at the end we get to sample 4 different varieties, including the raw moonshine-like white alcohol, before they put in the oak barrels to age. That is some potent stuff.
After our whiskey adventure we continue towards Louisville, crossing through beautiful rural Kentucky and Bardstown, self-proclaimed the Whiskey Capital of the World.
We are staying at the Louisville Metro KOA, which is actually on the Indiana side of the Ohio River in the city of Clarksville. Here we get to spend some time with my cousin Juan and his wife Thelma. Cousin Juan has lived here most of his life in Louisville and Thelma was born and raised here so they know the town pretty well. On the ride around the city they share a lifetime of memories with us, going back to the 1960’s.
No visit to Louisville is complete without going to Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, and although we skip the museum this time, we enter the building and go into some of the gardens. We also have breakfast at Wagner’s Pharmacy, which is actually a diner, very popular with horsemen since the 1920’s. The walls are covered with pictures of horses from the many years of horse racing tradition.
We also tour Old Louisville Historic District, particularly the St. James Court Area. It has the largest contiguous collection of Victorian era homes in the United States. We also drive on Bardstown road, in the Highlands neighborhood, which is famous for the numerous bars, night clubs and restaurant in the area. After an afternoon nap to recharge batteries we are joined by Juan’s sister, cousin María for dinner at Louisville’s best Cuban restaurant called Havana Rumba.
I have been meaning to write a blog post for over two weeks now. A good portion of editing videos involves writing the script of what I am going to say. That type of writing, however, comes to me much easier than this one. Writing a blog post involves more precision somehow.
That being said, since the las blog post I have released another fabulous video about the largest cave system in the world, located at Mammoth Cave National Park.
We took the two-hour long Domes and Dripstones tour, which took us through three different types of cave passageways. First we descended nearly 200 feet through a long system of stairs going down a sinkhole. This sinkhole was discovered while trying to find a new entrance to the cave, and the actual entrance was blasted using explosives. It is called the “new” entrance to the cave. As the passageway levels off we enter a large room called “Grand Central Station” because of its size and because many passageways emerge from it. The next part of the cave is very dry and no longer being affected by erosion. The flat ceiling gives it almost an artificial look. This type of passageway has become stable over many years as layers of rock have collapsed against each other. The las part of the cave is the Drapery Room, which is more like your typical picture perfect cave with stalagmites, stalactites, and many delicate rock formations caused by water erosion over the course of thousands of years. The most dramatic feature is a rock formation called the “Frozen Niagara”.
After our visit to Mammoth Cave National Park we had to go through decontamination because of some fungal spores that are spreading and are causing bats to die from something called the “white nose syndrome”.
After our fabulous cave visit we continue north-east towards the Bourbon Trail,, going through some of the most beautiful countryside I have ever seen in our great country.
On the next video, coming soon I will take you Bourbon tasting with us to the Maker’s Mark distillery on Loretto, Kentucky.
As many of you know, I have been, little by little making some improvements to Minitini the trailer. The two main upgrades I have made recently have been a Fantastic Vent and a solar panel system. I don’t know how I survived without them.
The Fantastic vent installation was the first o the two. It is basically an extractor that sucks warm air our while letting fresh air come in through the windows. It works great as long as there is actually fresh air coming in. In my experience when it is 95° Fahrenheit outside there is little you can do to get cooler. However in the cool spring nights it worked great. We even had to use our bedsheets one night. The unit I purchased has a couple of extra features such as a remote control and rain sensor.
The other great addition has been the solar panel kit from Renology I bought and installed. Before I got it, I always had anxiety about my house battery being depleted. One time I even had to connect the car and turn it on to recharge. I don’t really want to deal with the weight and noise of a generator so this is a great solution. Not only does it fully charge my 80 amp-hour battery on a couple of hours during a sunny day, I also never have to disconnect the battery when I am going to stay put at home for a couple of weeks.
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