Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kentucky Days

I find the landscape of Illinois and Indiana tedious after several hours. The corn becomes monotonous. However, I found Indiana interesting to watch on this last trip. For one thing both states were no longer under that horrid dark water of spring flooding! But this time, the trees had lost their leaves in Indiana and while it looked wintry, it was more open and less claustraphobic feeling. It was fairly cold, wind was a terror, and the sky dark and heavy like snow. We actually saw snowflakes briefly once we hit Kentucky. Fields had been harvested and some fields still had standing corn, the stalks as dry as parchment. It all left me with a feeling that soon after the trip we would be hunkering down in a "long winter's nap" mode.

We took back roads when we could find them, passed through French Lick area, came out in the quaint town of Madison. We stopped there for a delightful lunch in a little gift and coffee shop. I had a turkey pesto grilled panini with apricot good. We passed on going shopping, heading straight for grandbabies.

While visiting, one of our trips was to the Cincinnati Union Station that now houses three museums and an Omni Max. Duke energy sponsors a seasonal train display which was the draw for all of us that day. It was fantastic but for me, the best thing was this gorgeous structure. Can't you just picture the trains and passengers that arrived in this building in its heyday?

Our trip through displays were fast and furious because we had a not quite three-year-old, a baby of ten months, their parents, and two old people. Everyone tired out pretty fast; Papaw lost baby Simon's coat and Gramme lost her own coat! We were all glad to get back to the house in Kentucky.

Since we believe strongly in Ben Franklin's adage that fish and company both smell in three days, it was time to head back to Missouri.

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Rebecca said...

We took a route through Madison once and keep saying we want to return and check it out further...maybe stay in a B&B?

We usually just pass through Cincinnati on our way to North Carolina. Once, years ago, we planned a senior adult bus trip that included dinner & a river cruise there...then passed through to the horse farms, etc.

Linda O'Connell said...

Losing of the coats, I can so relate to that part. Looks like fun with your darling grandkids. That building is awesome.

Susan said...

Oh, Bookie, those children are adorable. Sooooo cute. Loved your photos, too. Glad you had a fun time.Susan p.s. Thanks for all your visits and comments on my blog.