Duncan Hines Scenic Byway

4/24/14 Thursday in Park City, KY (Diamond Caverns-TT/MA)

Before I get into our day’s activities, I’d like to share how much we like this campground.  Note how the Redbud trees greet us as we travel US 255/Mammoth Cave Parkway to Diamond Caverns.  The Office for registration is on the right of 255 and the campground is on the left.

campground 2 Campground 1 Campground 3

Here we are enjoying full hookups, including 50 amp service without an extra charge. Very good, strong power as well. Plus we get our satellite TV and are in easy walking distance from the lodge where we can access very good Internet service. Lovely grass and trees and great sites. One of the best on the East coast in our opinion, in the TT system.

Today John took on the driving responsibilities, so off we all went (including Vern and Beth)  to enjoy the Duncan Hines Scenic Byway, starting at the Mammoth Cave National Park Visitor Center (where we got our tickets for tomorrow’s cave tours). You can get a map of this Byway from the Kentucky stand inside the Visitor Center (Caves, Lakes and Corvettes).

First we took the Green River Ferry Road right up to the very special Green River Ferry – for 2 cars at a time. There was a man operating this ferry which uses a paddle wheel for power and is cabled on each side for direction. Such fun already!

Green R 1

We continued our drive through the Park until lunchtime when we stopped at the Corps of Engineers Nolan River Dam/Spillway. Lovely picnic spot just after we crossed the Spillway.

Nolan spillway 1 Nolan spillway 2 Nolan spillway 3 Nolan spillway 4 Nolan spillway 5

On to farm land and small towns, an area known as Pennyroyal, after an herb. The farms of the area had some neat barns, old and new.

Byway 1 Byway 2 Byway 3 Byway 4 Byway 5

By this time we were in big need of fuel so we headed for a Kroger’s in Bowling Green. It just so happened that Beth and John each had items to pick up at the store. John got allergy pills.

At home we had a great leftover supper of Taco Soup, then brought in our bedroom slide, in preparation for the predicted storm tonight.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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