Snowy Range Pass

Snowy Range Pass

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.


Karen and Al said...

It looks like a pretty area. I'm anxious to start exploring again!

We do Geo-caching and find that the caches will take to you interesting places in small towns that you might never know about if you didn't look for the geo-cache.

Happytrails said...

What a nice tour through the countryside!! I really enjoy just driving through areas such as this one to experience the culture in that area.
Our two Shih Tzus never want to go with us when we go out in the car. They would much prefer to stay on the sofa. Go figure!!

Judy and Emma said...

I'm surprised Halley didn't enjoy the drive. Emma always wants to go along no matter how boring. It must be better than staring at the four walls of the rig. :)

Rick and Paulette said...

Thanks for the very nice countryside tour and pics of all the old houses and buildings. An interesting drive for sure.

Jerry and Suzy said...

Well folks, the story was good, and I'm sure we would enjoy that Duncan Hines tour. However, we'd have enjoyed it more if the pictures were somehow identified. What is this building? Where is it located?

Luci & Loree said...

What neat country, buildings and old barns!!!