Grand Avenue and Violet City

Grand Avenue and Violet City

Today we were in Mammoth Cave National Park. We woke up at a early time that I do not know. And drove 1.5 hours to Mammoth Cave. We arrived to the visitors center just before it opened at 8:00. We got our tickets for our tours and our Jr. Ranger programs.  Our first tour was at 9:00 it was called the Grand Avenue tour. This tour was 4 miles and 4 hours. We learned about the history of the cave…

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Underground

Underground

Today we did 2 tours the first tour we did was the grand Avenue. It was 4 Miles long and it was 4 hours long. The 2 tour we did was 3 miles and 3 hours. The most interesting things I saw today was the stalactite and stalagmites at the end of the 2 tour. I liked the 1ed tour better because you could see the cave formations better. Mammoth Cave is my favorite cave we have visited because it…

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Day 3: Stone’s River Battlefield

Day 3: Stone’s River Battlefield

Zak and I both have vivid memories of our parents taking us to Civil War battlefields as youngsters. We both recall hating it and not seeing the point of staring at an empty open field. We both remember being grumpy and not pleasant to be around during these family excursions. So, we made the compassionate parent choice and made our kids explore a Civil War battlefield today.  But! Wait! This one was really interesting! There was a driving audio tour!…

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Low

Low

Today almost felt like a normal summer day! We woke up at 5:30 and were on the road to Mammoth Cave NP shortly after 6. This is the fourth cave we’ve visited in our adventures and it was completely different than the others. As I said many many times today, Mammoth Cave is incredibly big. We spent seven hours underground covering seven miles of tunnels. We didn’t repeat anything and saw less than one percent of the total cave. The…

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Day 2: Nashville

Day 2: Nashville

Country music, fried chicken, and swimming. That pretty much sums up the day. Our first stop on our exploring Nashville day was Biscuit Love. We found this on one of the internet’s lists of top things you must do in Nashville. It did not disappoint. Zak and I each had the number one sandwich in all of America according to Bon Appetite magazine. Fresh biscuits, homemade sausage gravy, sharp cheddar, and a perfectly fried chicken thighs. Oh my. It was…

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I’ve Been Everywhere

I’ve Been Everywhere

Today was a city day, the first one in a very long while that I’ve spent in Nashville. The first one in Nashville ever for the girls. The plan was to wonder around the city taking in the sights and the fried chicken along the way. The day was successful in both regards. For sights we made it to the lobbies & gift shops of the country music Hall of Fame and the Johnny Cash museum, the Tin Roof where…

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Way Down We Go

Way Down We Go

Molly just told me that blog posts don’t happen on trips like this so I’m writing, among other reasons, to prove her wrong. She does have a bit of a point though. Who could blame me for not writing after being provided with all-i-can-drink wine and whiskey and a beautiful rooftop pool to enjoy it by? In addition to proving Molly wrong it would also be a disservice to two great Americans, George Roberts Clark and Aberham Lincoln (with special…

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Another Driving Day

Another Driving Day

Today I woke up at 5:30 right when my alarm went off then I started the 10 step progress of waking up Ellie. Take off blankets Comb fingers through her hair Move her mouth in different possitions Talk none-sense to her turn on/off her fan Turn on music Start moving her around Turn on the lights Start getting her dressed Tell my dad to wake her up Then we all got in the car. Our first stop was Dunkin Donuts…

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Nashville

Nashville

Today did not start off great to start MY sister woke me up in the middle of my fairy and unicorn vs goblins dream and I tell you that you do NOT want that to happen to you. The unicorn was just about to throw the fairies powers back to her and I assume that would be the end but I do not know because Zoe woke me up😡. Well we got ready and then drove about 4 hours to…

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Day 1: Brookfield to Nashville

Day 1: Brookfield to Nashville

The past couple of weeks have been suprisingly perfect. We’ve spent our days eating glorious Zoe breakfasts, gardening, doing household projects, listening and watching the girls run from neighborhood backyard pool to pool, and sipping iced coffee. Our evenings have been filled with dinners cooked on the Weber, reading, and wine in the backyard with neighbors as the kids catch fireflies. I have thought so many times that if we had decided to press on we’d be missing this perfection….

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