11.18.13 Lost River Cave, Bowling Green, KY

The last of our field trips in Kentucky was to the Lost River Cave in Bowling Green.  After the excessive walking of the last three tours we chose an underground river boat tour which was a very different and welcome cave experience.

There are four blue holes outside around the cave which use to be underground water that the ground on top of it wore out and the water came to the surface and it’s blue in color.  We walked along a trail to get to the cave.

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To the left of where you get in the boat there is a big open air ballroom that people in old times would dance on to the music of a big band.  The original rock stairway that guests would come down to the dance floor has crumbled and was replaced by a metal staircase which you’ll see in the photo.

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We climbed aboard the boat and were treated to a short but very interesting tour of the cave.  Right after taking off we all had to lean forward so our heads would make it under the very low hanging rock formation that was fairly long.  When we were stooping down, we could reach up and touch the roof which was very smooth.  Once we were past that we could see many formations and a couple of times the boat bumped up against an underground rock which sounded like thunder when it hit.  The temperature in the cave was around 58 and the water temperature was 50.

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11.10.13 Out with the old bed and in with the new!

We are currently at Diamond Caverns Resort in Park City, Kentucky.  We really like it a lot.  It’s very quiet and only half of the RV sites are filled so we’ve spread out a bit over two spaces.

When we got here on Tuesday (before we knew Roy had shingles) he went into Bowling Green (about 30 minutes from here) to Camping World to purchase a new heavy duty sewerage connection line.   They had the Queen size Sleep Number mattress we wanted in stock, so Roy bought that also and brought it home.  Once we found out he has shingles I figured it would stay in the boxes for a while.

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But NO the day after we went to the doctor I woke up to Roy taking the parts to the mattress out of the boxes and then he pulled the old mattress off the bed.  Before I go any farther let me tell you that a normal mattress is very different than a sleep number mattress.  It doesn’t come in one piece like a normal mattress does.  It comes in several pieces and has to be assembled.

When he got into it he discovered other things to fix so it took him almost all day to put it together.  We spent a few hours of that time in Bowling Green looking for an elevator bolt to replace one that broke off when he was reassembling everything.  If you know Roy well you will understand when I say he completely rebuilt the area where the bed sits to reinforce every single thing that makes up the bed area.  The bed in our RV sits over where the RV engine is located which makes the whole thing even more odd and interesting.

I took some pictures as he was assembling the bed but only have one picture when he was reinforcing everything underneath.  Roy is a perfectionist about everything which makes anything he works on take so much longer but the end result is always something you can really count on to be sound and safe.

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With the old bed removed Roy is working on all the old wires, tubes and machinery that operate the sleep number function.
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The foam frame in place, the left side blown up and the right side started to be filled with air.
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Both sides filled up and the side covers wrapped over it.
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A layer of foam is laid over the whole bed
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The mattress cover in place and tied into the air system. The final piece.

Our old mattress was broken in that the bladder that is blown up with air was busted on the right hand side of the bed causing a caved in area on that side.  When the left side was pumped up you slept on a hill and then fell down into the cave if there was no one on the other side.  Roy didn’t like sleeping on the hill or in the cave so he wound up on the sofa most nights.

The new mattress is far superior to the construction of the old one and we’ve slept very well every night since.  Roy cut apart the old mattress into pieces and he carried them all over to the big dumpsters here.

Other than that Roy has been resting, finally…….  Our plans for sightseeing are delayed until the weekend so that Roy’s better before we take to the road again.  I’m spending a lot of time outside reading in the sun which is really nice after spending so much of our time inside these last few weeks.

That’s it for the Chauvin’s in Kentucky!

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11.05.13 Roy has Shingles & Look out Kentucky – the Chauvins have arrived!

Roy has shingles and he’s miserable.  The shingles shot Roy got last Wednesday either gave him shingles or it’s a coincidence that he got shingles the day after he had the vaccine.  He started running fever and had a bad headache yesterday and today and has been having pain in his back and legs since Monday.  We went to It’s All About You Urgent Care in Bowling Green here in Kentucky today and a really nice lady Kyra Sharp took care of him.  All of his feeling horrible and being in pain the last couple of days is from him the shingles and bronchitis.  We picked up all his medicine from Walgreens and stopped at Sams to pick up some special food treats to make him feel better and he’s back home napping on the sofa right now.  Hopefully the bronchitis will get out of him soon so he can deal with  shingles without feeling lousy from the bronchitis. Please keep him in your prayers as he heals from this.  Some of the places we were planning to see may get cut off the list you’ll see down below.  We’ll take it a day at a time from here on!

Ya’ll know how we like to take pictures of everything we do so we took a picture at the Urgent Care center with the ladies that took care of Roy.  That’s the first smile I’ve seen on his face in a few days but he’s got pretty ladies around him so I understand!

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I wrote the post below before today but I felt that Roy’s medical concerns should go at the beginning of the post so don’t get confused because of the order.

Now that Thanksgiving is the upcoming holiday we put our Give Thanks sign in the front of the window.  What you see in the picture is from the inside so it’s backwards.  It’s a challenge to decorate an RV and I really like these gel window signs!

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We spent the night last night at an interstate rest stop with several 18 wheel trucks!  Roy’s back and knees were hurting him so badly that we had to cut yesterday’ journey short.

I woke up Tuesday morning around 8 am to the sound of Dora going 60 miles per hour down the interstate!  That is such a strange feeling!  The trees along the roads are brilliantly yellow and orange now.  It’s such a blessing to get to see this beautiful scenery as we travel. orange leaves

We arrived about 11:30 am at Diamond Cave Resort in Park City, KY where we’ll stay for a week or so.  It’s nice to know we’ll be somewhere that has grass and trees and we can set up our little outdoor space for a while. We’ve set up everything inside and out and I’m going outside to read for a while which is something I’ve missed these last three weeks. mammoth cave park sign

Going from the very flat land in Indiana to the mountains in Kentucky is a drastic change.  Our plans are to rest today and take in the following sites over the next week:

Mammoth Cave

Jim Beam Distillery

Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum tour

Diamond Caverns

Corvette Assembly Plant and Mueseum Tour

My Old Kentucky Home State Farm

Chaney’s Dairy Barn

That’s a big list and we hope to do most of that if not all.  We’re not too far from Bowling Green and right outside of Mammoth Cave Park and the weather is cool but not cold.  As we move south the temperatures are getting warmer as you would expect .  We’re 10 degrees warmer than when we left Decatur, Indiana.

It’s helped us a lot to get recommendations from ya’ll about things to see so if there is anything specific in the I-65 area between Louisville, KY and Bowling Green, KY that you think we’d like to see please let us know!

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