Friday, August 31, 2007

Day Trips

While Marcia and I were at A Quiet Place we took some day trips by ourselves. We went to Old Fort Harrod, a revolutionary war era fort in KY, on the far western frontier.
We visited the bloodiest Civil War battlefield in Kentucky, Perryville. The confederates won the battle but, as in much of war, could not maintain their gains for lack of men, supplies and ammunition. So, even though they won, they retreated out of Kentucky and surrendered the Ohio River as a key transportation route to the North.

One of the interesting stories from this battle came when a commander from the South saw some troops ahead who were firing on his men. He mistook them for Confederates and rode up saying, "Stop firing on friends." When he got to the top of the ridge, the commanding officer ask him to identify himself. It was then he realized that he had mistakenly ridden into the Union line. He mumbled his name and then rode down the line hollering, "Cease fire." He then rode back to the Confederate line and told them to fire and will and they mowed down the Union soldiers. The commander was so flustered from his face-to-face encounter with the enemy that he didn't effectively follow up his brigade's pounding of the Union soldiers!

We drove to the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. It is a National Historic place now. The Shakers believed their leader Ann Lee was the second coming of Christ. They were named Shakers because of their charismatic trembling in their services. They didn't believe in marriage and even separated married couples who converted. Consequently they didn't have any children except orphans they raised. So, they eventually died out. They believed in simplicity and hard work. One of their slogans was, "Heart to God, Hands to work."

Thursday, August 30, 2007


We had a delightful stay with the Searls. They are all doing well. Our kids had a good time together and Chuck & Erica and Marcia & I got to spend a little time together. Here is a picture of their house in Rineyville, KY."Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters. . ."
We celeberated Taylor's 18th birthday with some homemade ice cream. That was the only thing that could top the Blue Bell Ice Cream that was on sale while we were there in the 100 degree heat!
A prolonged good-bye and we still couldn't get a good picture!

Mammoth Caves

We visited Mammoth Caves, the largest mapped cave in the world. I had a little speluncher for my partner.

The cooks feed the deer old watermelon rinds so this one was very tame. The girls enjoyed being this close.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

A Quiet Place

One of the reasons I am so far behind blogging this trip is the privilege Marcia and I enjoyed to spend four days at A Quiet Place. A Quiet Place is a ministry of our new friends, Rick & Teresa Jenkins (pictured below). We couldn't do the "three C's" while we were there: no Children, no Cell phone, and no Computer. It turned out to be a sweet blessing. We had time with the Lord and time with each other like we hadn't had in a long time.


We enjoyed our visit with the Searls in Louisville. We saw the city, the Louisville Slugger plant, and then crossed the Ohio River and saw a fossil bed on the falls, then we toured Southern Seminary with Cousin Joel Amunrud.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Land of Lincoln

When I was a boy I have a vague recollection of my parents taking me to Lincoln's birthplace and boyhood home. So I took my kids. It's been over 95 everyday we've been here. But we found a cool spot for a picnic. Kentucky is proud of Abraham Lincoln even though he left here when he was seven.

South Dakota & Missouri

You'd think I was amazingly busy as infrequently as we post pictures. Sorry. After we left Wibaux we went to DeSmet, SD and enjoyed the Little Town on the Prairie and Laura Ingalls Wilder's Homestead.

The next night we spent in Independence, MO. We saw where the wagons left on the Oregon Trail. We didn't go through the museum because, when I told the person at the desk she said, "Oh, you have way better things out there!" We took our picture at an old Railroad depot. We saw Harry Truman's Home before he was president. And then, as we left the state, we saw the St. Louis Arch.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Friday, August 10, 2007

Wibaux reprise

In Wibaux, we did something we had never done before. In fact we did something no one had done for over a hundred years. We walked down into a "buffalo jump." We couldn't really figure out where the indians used to run buffalo off the cliff, but we found extraordinary rock formations in miniature canyons. We found petrified wood and a (what we think is) a dinosaur bone.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

World's Largest. . .

In the Dakotas we discovered that some towns have better claims to fame than others!
Jamestown, ND -- World's Largest Buffalo

New Salem, ND -- World's Largest Holstein Cow

Huron, SD -- World's Largest Pheasant

Jamestown is also the hometown for Louis L'Amour. There actually are an extremely high number of pheasants near Huron SD, like grasshoppers on the side of the road. But, New Salem is clearly hurting for claim to fame.