June 25, 2013

Research Adventures :: Kentucky

For the first time ever we took two trips in two weeks. First to Denver, then three days later we headed east for Matt to pack in more dissertation research in Louisville. Kentucky is a beautiful state - this was our first time to visit and we were definitely impressed. Louisville has a great French heritage, Mammoth Cave was amazing, of course, and everything was clean and green. We'd love to go back!

Highlights...
- Matt's fast and furious research at the Filson Historical Society, a beautiful private library in a historic mansion, while I explored Old Louisville
Abraham Lincoln's Birthplace - very pretty and the spring was neat, the marble tomb with fake cabin inside was a little strange
Mammoth Cave! We hiked the surface trails, enjoyed a great ranger hike through the Historic Entrance Tour (2 hours, 2 miles, 400 plus steps) and stayed at a cute Historic Cave Cottage on site
 - Exploring The Hermitage, the lovely estate of President Andrew Jackson
- Shopping and eating (two thumbs up for Puckett's Grocery) in cute Franklin, TN, outside of Nashville
 - Shiloh Battlefield Military Park, comparable to Vicksburg, the battlefield was beautiful and solemn and the Indian Mounds added to the history, we spent 3 hours at Shiloh and the time flew by
The Filson
Abraham Lincoln Birthplace
The Hermitage
Shiloh was packed - ha!
4 days, 1,800 miles, plus:
Deer
Bats
Lizards
Lightning Bugs
Snakes
Frogs
Squirrels
Penny-farthing bikes (everywhere in Louisville for some reason?!)

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