Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thank God the tornado missed us

We stayed in Columbia, Missouri last night and the motel had a tornado warning. There was a huge tornado in Joplin, Missouri that wiped out half the town. Today we are back on the road heading towards Nebraska. Saw a Pony Express statue near the Harrahs close to Kansas City but around Kansas City to avoid the traffic and saw the KC Royals field and the Chiefs practice field.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Heading for home...

We left Kentucky today and will need to come back here again as there is so much we did not get to see.  We crossed into Indiana and then Illinois and will end up in Missouri tonight. We had to stop and see the town called Santa Claus, Indiana, and it was real but that's it. Enjoyed lunch at a new place for us, "Steak and Shake" in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

Plenty of rivers through out the Midwest and that makes for a lot of interesting bridges.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Kentucky - the Bluegrass State

We crossed over the border into Kentucky and it is another beautiful state. We have friends to visit today in the Bluegrass State.

We stopped in Bowling Green in south Kentucky to see the Corvette Museum and factory. The factory was closed today but we did see the museum. A lot of awesome and classic vehicles are on display here.

We drove North to Elizabethtown to one of our favorite restaurants on this trip. The Cracker Barrel is a great homestyle restaurant and serves generous portions of food at reasonable prices. We had lunch with author, writer Nancye Sims and Focus on Jerusalem website owner Darrell Young

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Nashville "Cats"

Wow, Tennessee is so much fun. We started the day at The Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's home. Then had some lunch and went back to Nashville to see the Country Western Hall of Fame and the Ryman Auditorium which is the "Grand Ole Opry"

Saturday, June 25, 2011

On to Tennessee

Left Macon, Georgia this morning heading to Franklin, Tennessee. Stopped at the Carter House in Franklin. Built in 1830 by Fountain Branch Carter, the Carter House was caught in the middle of one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War on November 30, 1864.

 Got to Franklin at the same time the 13 or 17 year cicadas were hatching. They were so loud it was hard to hear one talk a few feet away.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Georgia Peaches and Pecan pie

We left Florida and headed north to Georgia. We saw several instances of tornado destruction along the highway but no place to stop for pictures. Lots of signs for fresh peaches and pecan pies.

The National Peanut Museum is located in Tifton and has peanut displays located around a gift shop area. It also includes peanut planting and harvesting equipment placed throughout the building's two levels.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Holy Land Experience

On our last day in Florida we decided to go to the Holy Land Experience which is a themed exhibit and a museum located in Orlando, Florida that is meant to replicate the architecture and themes of 1st century Israel. The attraction is targeted at Christians and the Gospel message is presented several times throughout the day at different events.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Today we are going to The Villages to see my brother and his wife and spend a few days sight seeing the area. They are some of "those people" who drive a golf cart everywhere.

Also you must be quite careful where you swim. We did not get to see an alligator but did see some turtles.

They have a nice back yard with a bright red water fountain and the birds seem to think it is where they are supposed to drink. I am not quite sure how they stand on the wet, round ball, but they make it work.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Air Force Armament Museum

The Air Force Armament Museum, adjacent to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, is the only facility in the U.S. dedicated to the display of Air Force armament. Founded in 1975, it was originally located in a converted gymnasium on the northeastern edge of the Eglin main base, adjacent to Valparaiso, Florida.

Visitors can view a variety of historical Air Force planes, from a World War II B-17 bomber to an F-4 Phantom II jet. A wide variety of bombs, missiles, and rockets are exhibited, including the newest air-to-air missile, the AMRAAM, and the GBU-28 bunker-buster developed for use during Operation Desert Storm. Other missiles include the Paveway series, Falcons, the Tomahawk, Mace, Hound Dog, radar-controlled, laser-controlled and several guided by a TV camera in the nose. Also on display is the GBU-43 MOAB, Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, or by its nickname, "Mother of All Bombs", the world's largest conventional explosive weapon. A predecessor, the T12 38,600 lb. demolition bomb, is also displayed.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Fort Walton Beach

We entered Florida yesterday afternoon thinking about going to Destin for the white sand beaches. We stopped, as always, at the Welcome center for coupons and conversation and talked to a nice young woman about the area. She told us that Fort Walton beach was as nice an area as Destin and she would see if they had any rooms left. She called Ramada in Fort Walton Beach and did secure us a room at a reduced rate for the night. We ate at the Black Pearl, a very nice restaurant before 6 pm and got the senior and early bird rates to make it an inexpensive but delicious dinner.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Fly-By Mississippi and Alabama

Quick passing through the southern tips of these two states and on to the Florida panhandle tonight. after we had Stopped in Biloxi, Mississippi. A very nice place. White sand beaches,  lighthouse, Hard Rock Casino and Cafe. Took a fly by shot through the windshield of the welcome sign entering Alabama.

The Hard Rock Casino and Cafe had a lot of guitar and rock star memorabilia. A tribute to the many, many great musicians we have.