Good Morning! Today we will hop into the the TCS Time Machine and fasto froward to late summer.
We are boarding the Delta Queen for a trip up river to Louisville, Kentucky (home fo the Kentucky Derby).www.deltaqueen.com/fleet/dq/dq_main.htm
From there we will hop onto the Cat Bus and head north for a visit to Falls of the Ohio State Park.http://www.fallsoftheohio.org/
Located on the banks of the Ohio River in Clarksville, Indiana at I-65 exit 0 is the Falls of the Ohio State Park. The 386-million-year-old fossil beds are among the largest naturally exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world. The park features a spectacular interpretive center overlooking the fossil beds containing an exhibit gallery and video presentation.
Fishing, hiking, fossil viewing, bird watching, and picnicking are among the most common activities.
While fossil collecting is prohibited, the park staff encourages visitors to explore and discover the many different types of fossils that can be found on the ancient sea bottom.
Then we will head south to Bardstown Kentucky and the Kentucky Bourbon Festival!http://www.kybourbonfestival.com/
As the website says there are activities for those of us who don't imbibe (apart from collecting those who do and getting theim into the Cat Bus at the end of the day.
Then we head back north to the rolling hills of Southern Indiana to West Baden and French Lick and our hotel.www.cookgroup.com/historic_landmarks/www.jadecat.com/fam/lees-hotel.htmlwww.historiclandmarks.org/what/westbaden.html
. Natural springs made this area popular with those seeking to â€œtake the watersâ€ for their health. Though not officially open as a hotel yet, (itâ€™s been recently restored and is for sale â€“ anyone interested?) we are going to be special guests and will spend our second night at the historic and architecturally significant West Baden Springs Hotel. For decades, it claimed the title of the worldâ€™s largest unsupported dome until the Astrodome (Houston TX) was built! I have arranged for spa treatments â€“ human and kitties both!
Next door is the town of French Lick. The â€œlickâ€ refers to the natural salt licks in the area. (Watch those dirty minds out there!
) They have the French Lick Springs Resort where folks came to drink water high in sulfur. I donâ€™t think they bottle it any more, but folks still come for the spa treatments and the golf. BTW, it was bottled under the name of "Pluto Water" and was famed for it's ability to "cleanse" the digestive tract.