Friday, June 03, 2011
A drive in the country
Our last afternoon in Cave City, KY, was spent on a scenic drive that is generally referred to as the Duncan Hines byway. It starts in Bowling Green, KY at the former home of Duncan Hines (the cake mix guy) and travels through the countryside between Bowling Green and Mammoth Cave National Park. We took in the northern half of the drive through small towns like Pig, Sunfish, Rhoda, Stockholm, and Bee Springs. The biggest town on the route was Brownsville.
The guide highlights some of the “sights” like churches and courthouses or the mall of Sunfish. I find that some of the most interesting sights are not even in the guides and are more of a reflection of the area. Some of these villages are so small that they do not have a sign to indicate where they are. Some are just a collection of a few homes in the great farm country. Some are nearly ghost towns from an era already gone.
As far as I can remember, we came across our first outdoors baptism center. It was located along the Bear Creek and was apparently used by a number of congregations who share the cost of upkeep.
We took Halley along on the trip, but I do not think she really enjoyed it. If she could talk, I would guess she would have preferred staying in the motorhome.
Stopping at the Nolin Dam on the Nolin River, we found the spillway roaring with water and high water in the river below the dam. The refuse in the park indicated how high the river had risen in recent weeks.
The tour ended after we entered the national park and took the Green River Ferry to the south end of the park and then on to Cave City. The Green river is an important part of the park, since for millenniums; it was the river that helped create the huge caves in the park.