A Little Message From The Writer This Week:
Hello Everybody! This is Jordan! I’m so glad to do this week’s blog, because you guys as the readers can have a different perspective of things! This week’s blog is going to have my perspective of things. We did a bunch of stuff this past week and I’m so excited to share everything that we did with you, so without further ado let’s get into the 6/16 thru 6/26: Lucas, KY and Nashville, TN blog!
After Louisville, KY grandma, grandpa, and I left to go to our first stop on the “adventure with Jordan list”. The first stop was Barren River Lake State Resort Park in Lucas, KY. We arrived there on Tuesday and started to set-up the RV so that was pretty much the only thing we did that day. Now I know that moving days take the WHOLE day! On Wednesday, we took a quick little 1 hour and 30 minute drive to Nashville, TN to see what there was to do, because to be honest there is not a lot of things to do in the little town of Lucas, KY. While we were in Nashville we stopped in to the Camping World right off the highway. By Wednesday I was trying to get used to the RV, because you know an RV is a temporary home and it is pretty different from a regular home. Grandma and grandpa were very helpful with getting me used to the RV.
For the past day we did not do much of anything so on Thursday we took a trip to Mammoth Cave. Mammoth Cave is the longest cave in the world! It is 400 miles long! Before we took a tour we had lunch at the little cafe place they had there. They didn’t have very many options, but it was a good little lunch! After lunch we signed up for the Historic Tour. The Historic Tour was a 2 hour walking tour throughout the cave. We only went to the 4th level, which is not even halfway through the cave. One part of the cave was where we had to get intimate with the cave. The walls came in and the ceiling came down. In other parts of the cave it was very spacious and we could roam around the area. I loved the cave! It was my first time going into a cave! It was huge, cold, and dark! The tour guide we had was quite a hoot! He was a little old guy who kept us all in line and safe! By the end of the tour all of us were pooped, but I couldn’t leave Mammoth Cave without getting a shirt to remember this time. After the cave we went back to the RV since Mammoth Cave took the whole day.
On Friday I had gotten fully used to the RV. So that was a good accomplishment! Friday night we went to Bowling Green, KY which is the closest civilized city near us. The closest city to us is Glasgow, but Glasgow only has a Walmart, a Wendy’s, and an IGA. While we were in Bowling Green we drove around and then had dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse. After dinner we drove back to Lucas, KY.
To me Saturday was a really boring day! (Sorry grandma and grandpa, it’s the truth!) Well, of course it was a boring day! It was laundry day! The reason why it took 3 hours was because the laundry area only had 1 washer and 2 dryers, but we eventually found out that the 2nd dryer didn’t work. We found this out after we had put $1.50 in the machine. Grandma was really mad about that!
On Sunday, which was Father’s Day, we drove back to Bowling Green, KY to tour the National Corvette Musuem. Sunday was an emotional day for me since I was away from my dad on his day and we were going to a place where my dad is connected to. He sells Chevrolets so he has been wanting to go the musuem. Ok Jordan! Enough of the cheesy talk! The Musuem was so cool! We saw all 7 generations of the corvette. It is amazing to see all of the technology changing throughout time. Another part that was really cool was the sinkhole exhibit. Last year on Febuary 12 the Earth created a sinkhole in a part of the floor in the dome exhibit of the Musuem that had cars and memorabilia in it. Cars were swallowed into the sinkhole. It has taken over a year to fix the disaster. Currently they are fixing cars. The dome exhibit is still not ready to be opened since the sinkhole accident. At the end of walking around the Musuem we went into the shop and I got my dad a polo shirt so he at least gets a souvenir. After getting the shirt we had lunch at the Corvette Cafe. That was some good food! Overall, it was a great experience and I really enjoyed it.
While we were in Lucas, KY we definitely kept active! Every night we took a 20-30 minute walk around the park! We saw some cool and different RV’s.
After we did that little drive on Tuesday to Nashville, KY we couldn’t help ourselves so we decided to make our next destination Nashville! We drove down to Nashville the following Monday, so that took a good portion of the day. While in Nashville we stayed at Yogi Bear Jellystone Park. Monday night was very freaky! Around 10:30 at night this group of little kids came and knocked hard on the RV door. We all were scared, so grandpa went out and scared them off! We called them ding dong ditchers. The event we call ding dong ditching RV style!
On Tuesday, we drove to downtown Nashville and visited the Ryman Auditorium. That was really cool! We took a backstage tour which took us into all of the dressing rooms that are still used today when singers come and do shows there. All of the dressing rooms are dedicated to certain people. In the dressing rooms there are old pictures of people and it really shows the history of music and the Ryman Theater. The tour also took us onto the stage. I felt like a celebrity walking on that stage! After the tour we went to look at the display cases that had memorabilia in them. In one case there were some outfits that the people on the show Nashville wear. In another case there were some outfits that old country singers wore. After we looked at the cases grandma wanted to go into the gift shop. We looked in there and I saw a shirt that said “Team Luke” and then “Nashville” on it. Apparently it is supposed to symbolize Luke on the show Nashville, but I’m using it as a Luke Bryan shirt! Luke Bryan is my favorite boy country singer! The Ryman Auditorium has a lot of history to it and was interesting to tour.
On Wednesday, we went to the Loretta Lynn Dude Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN. Loretta Lynn is also known as the Coal Miner’s Daughter! We took a tour of the 3 main things we wanted to see there. The tour consisted of seeing a replica of the Butcher Holler home that is originally in Butcher Holler, KY, a replica of the coal mine, and the original plantation home. This tour was really cool. I do know who Loretta Lynn is and what her story is about so I did have an interest in this adventure! Loretta Lynn is 83 now and does live in Hurricane Mills, TN behind the plantation home. We asked one of the workers down in the shops if they ever see Loretta and they said they do a lot! That would be cool to work there and see a celebrity all the time!
On Thursday, it was the hottest day out of the week so we had to find something to do that was indoors! We ended up going to the Opry Mills! Opry Mills is an outlet mall, or should I say a ginormous outlet mall! Everything is in that mall! Here are some of the stores we saw in the mall: Coach, Vera Bradley, Nike, Nautica, Polo, Forever 21, Old Navy, Disney, DressBarn, etc. We walked around the mall for a good portion of the day. I was glad that we got some shopping in!
On Friday, we went back to the mall and walked around again. We went to some of the stores that we did not go into on Thursday, which included Bass Pro, 50 East Shoes, and Disney. Friday was kind of a relaxing day, because we had done a lot in the beginning of the week.
Well, that’s all for now. I am going back to St. Louis on Saturday (tomorrow). It has been a pleasure blogging for the wonderful Dorothy Maupin! And in her words: Be kind to everyone and Stay Safe!