I woke shortly before 6:00 this morning... it was already daylight and I could hear birds outside our rig.
I couldn't see any color at all when I spotted this guy way up in the tree. His call sounded like a flycatcher species, but it wasn't until I took a few photos and downloaded them onto my laptop that I could adjust the light to bring out his color. I'm guessing that he's a Great-crested Flycatcher as we were still in
and all other criteria checks out.
There was also a flock of bluejays squawking and carrying on. And, to add to the cacophony of noise, I spotted this noisy guy...
Doesn't his tail look just like a bottle-brush?
By 7:30 a.m we were on the road...
We have less than 75 miles left on the
Trace... then we'll skirt around Nashville, and up into Kentucky.
A blog I read recently was about great honey they bought in
New Mexico. My favorite honey is from the Honey Locust
While dogwood is still in bloom along the highway, we saw a lot of Honey Locust in bloom as well. The nectar from these blossoms makes the clearest, most exquisite honey I've ever tasted. A beekeeper who specializes in particular kinds would have a very short window of time to harvest this type. Makes me wish we still kept bees....
We leave the Trace, head up into
Now we're on I 65.... into
Farmland... we see new crops, some cattle, and lots of green trees and grass. All shades of green.
And we begin to see outcroppings of rock formations.... and some deep cuts into the rocks when the highway was constructed.
These are old rocks (yeah, even rocks have an age) and show their age.
As we head north towards
we see signs for ... since we've visited there in the past, we drive
on by... but, look... here's a sign we've not seen before... Mammoth
Looks interesting.... maybe another time.
By now we're in familiar territory. Bill has spent a lot of time around this part of
working on his family history. Our
friend Dave used to live in Louisville
and I can't begin to count the times we've been here. But Dave moved, so this time we take one of
the outerbelts and by-pass Louisville... and leave I 65 to get on I 71.
At Mile-marker 22 (LaGrange) we pull off for the night. 281 miles today... and now we're in Eastern Time Zone.
I think we have about 250 miles to go tomorrow and our drive to
Ohio, more specifically, our old farm near Athens, will be done.
I always get excited just thinking about being "home" again. Okay... we haven't lived there for over 13 years now; don't have a house to go to... but I have family there I haven't seen in several months. My parents are buried there.... I still have a few friends... and the hills... foothills of the
Appalachians... I guess to me, it will always be home.
That's All For Today!