Today we started out on grand adventure. Where this adventure was to take us is what this posting is all about. Of course we took photos, videos and stopped along the way.
Our journey began this morning bright and early when we woke up at 6:30 am. After getting the children dressed and fed, we loaded everyone into our Kia to venture the open road.
Our first stop was to get gas before we started our tour. We traveled over hills, around bends, thru valleys and over a plateau. Soon we were crossing into our destination: The Bluegrass State better known as Kentucky.
Most people assocoiate Kentucky with horse racing and/or bourbon. Both these thoughts are true but surprisingly Kentucky is also home to the Bowling Green Assembly Plant ( http://www.bowlinggreenassemblyplant.com/) where they make the classic American car, the Corvette. I was surprised to learn this little fact too. I always figured they were being built in Detroit or even somewhere overseas. Guess what? They aren’t cars being built in the Bluegrass state. Oh no, in Georgetown Toyotas are quietly rolling off the assembly line and in Louisville Fords and Lincolns are being assembled.
As with any great tour we started by visiting the state welcoming and information center. This one really caught Miss Em’s attention since she is a big horse fan. The center had just opened for the day so there weren’t too many people there. Here we were able to get some information about Kentucky and all it has to offer people who come to visit.
These are photos of the Welcome Center for Kentucky on I 75 northbound. Sorry for the glare on the last photo but the sun was just not cooperating.
We continued our tour stopping for a brief moment in the town of Williamsburg. There is a cemetery there but we’ll return there later in the blog.
Pretty soon we were in Lexington. Lexington is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 62nd largest in the United States. Of course the main attractions to Lexington are horses, the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University. However we were there for a different reason , we were visiting the Shriners Hospital for an OT visit (tee hee hee…)
We signed Gabriel in and soon we were in back to visit with the great therapists in the therapy center. We had to wait so they let us hang out and play in the recreational therapy center. Here patients get a chance to have fun and just be a kid. There are board games. riding toys for little ones like Gabriel, a Wii system, air hockey and lots of other things. There is even a display case with models of various types of cars.
As you can see by the photos, the Shriners do their best to make sure the patients there have lots of fun stuff to do. Koenig is in the last photo playing with an adaptive video game system. This game requires users to turn pedals with their hands thus building their arm and hand muscles.Gabriel is in the grey checking the awesome display of cars out
Pretty soon it was time for our OT appointment. Mr. Ken from National Mobility and Seating was there to talk to us about Gabriel and see how he is doing. After a few minutes, it arrived.
Afterwards, Gabriel rolled himself thru the hallway and to the outdoor waiting area. By then we were all getting hungry so we headed home but stopped at Ryan’s Buffet in Richmond, KY where Miss Janey took excellent care of us. She made sure we had plenty of drinks, hot rolls and asked about Gabriel.
Soon we were back in the town of Williamsburg where the cemetery I mentioned earlier is. It is the BriarCreek Cemetery which is part of BriarCreek Baptist Church. The first thing that I noticed was a fenced in section with an old wrought iron fence and gate. The stones are old and unreadable.
There were lots of graves of men who fought in the Civil War, Spanish-American War and various other conflicts. The most interesting stone was a hand carved one for a young lady named Delilah Note the rough hand carving of her stone.
Yea!! We are home, well back in Tennessee. After dinner at Cracker Barrel were Gabriel ate dinner by himself!
We arrived home safe and sound later in the evening. Gabriel is along with his sister and brothers tucked safely into their beds. To quote Gabriel “Good night and sweet dreams...”
Until next time