Here we go on our first cave tour at Mammoth Cave. It was a beautiful morning as we waited outside the historical entrance by the visitors center. Then when we came out it was pouring rain, and it just kept on raining.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
We camped at
The campground near the visitors' center, Mammoth Cave Campground, is large and nice. There are 105 sites on loops of road, and the campground can be pretty busy, but it was woodsy and pleasant. I think the campground can get filled up most weekends in the summer, but it wasn't full while we were there, probably because of the weather. The restroom facilities were well-kept and appeared to have been remodeled within the past few months, and the whole place was surprisingly litter-free. I liked it.
About that weather…it was nice when we got there, partly cloudy and it felt good out. After Kim and the girls put up the tent (while I took pictures of them and spectated), we went on a 1 ½ cave tour. When we came back out--surprise!--it was pouring rain. It kept raining, and didn't stop until the next afternoon. By then, the inside of Kim's dad's tent was wet (he had slept more or less in a puddle on Friday night). Since the rain didn't appear to be nearing an end, he decided to cut his losses and head home. My parents did the same. Why stay when all the activities (apart from cave tours) are outside, and it's raining?
Well, my daughters voted to stay, saying that they would still have fun in the tent even if there was nothing else to do. Fortunately, the weather cleared for Saturday afternoon and evening, so we got to fix campfire pizzas and corn-on-the-cob. We took a drive and crossed the
Before Kim's dad left, we went on a fun (and only slightly rainy) hike around Sloan's Crossing Pond, which was full of pond lilies and singing frogs. We all went on two cave tours, which I enjoyed quite a bit.
I dozed off late Saturday night, sitting by the fire. It was gorgeous out. I finally went to bed in the tent, but was awakened a few hours later by more rain and thunderstorms. It rained all night. Then, around 8:00 a.m., a real bad storm hit. We quickly got the girls into the minivan because large limbs were falling around the campground, and Kim and I packed everything up in a downpour. Then we drove home; it rained the whole way.
These photos are from my phone. I didn't take any photos with our camera, but I think Kim took a few. I'll try to put some more up later.
Despite the weather, I had fun. A lot of the fun is retrospective; it was sort of annoying or uncomfortable while it was happening, but not toooo bad, and it makes for good stories afterwards. We only found one tick and, amazingly, I never saw a single mosquito. I want to go again.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
There are noodlers around here, but I don't know any personally. I see or hear it discussed from time to time.
However, noodling is one of those things I just can't quite get my head around. I almost get it. I almost think it would be fun. I almost think it would be safe. I almost think it would work. However, the act of sticking my hand into underwater holes/overhangs/hiding spots, waiting for something big to bite me, and then pulling it out...that just strikes me as a little too crazy to be enjoyable. If I were starving and I really wanted to catch a fish, I'd try it. But until then, maybe I'll just watch.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Thursday, June 09, 2011
Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Monday, June 06, 2011
Friday, June 03, 2011
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Sorry it's not a great photo. This was taken with the Blackberry.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
I am making progress on my double-portrait commission. I'll try to post a photo of it soon.
I have to run some errands on my lunch break today, and I plan to stop by the railroad tracks on my way to cut some bamboo. Besides making good garden supports, I want to experiment further with making my own bamboo dip pens for drawing.
Someone inquired with me today about doing a very large aviation-themed mural. I'm interested, certainly, but I'll have to work on ideas; getting a solid concept is always the hardest part (though a close second, for me, has always been the middle part of the painting process, the part that comes between drawing/blocking in and the finishing-up towards the end.) I'll have to work on ideas.
The garden is off to a spotty start for the summer. The fennel came back strong, and fennel volunteers have been a problem all over the place. It reseeds itself vigorously.
The mesclun greens are doing pretty well, especially one particular plant – I think it's the endive, but I'm not sure. Last night I picked a selection of these greens, a few fennel fronds, a few cilantro flowers, and a bee balm leaf, put them all in a bowl with homemade vinaigrette, and ate it for dinner. The sliced up bee balm almost overpowered the whole thing, and my dressing was far too strong also (it's only my third attempt in 20 years, do I don't feel too bad about it, and I didn't have anything but olive oil and balsamic vinegar, plus a little lemon juice concentrate). Otherwise, it was pretty good, and I'll eat more.
The spinach never came up, probably a victim of too much rain.
The broccoli is growing, but it won't do well in this heat; it'll bolt before there's anything worth picking, though it's still very small.
My tomatoes are still very small and probably won't have any fruit until far into July, although it might surprise me; this heat might really do it some good.
The garlic looks all right on top, but I don't know what it'll look like underneath.
The coreopsis is blooming, the glads are all green and happy looking, the mums have tiny buds, the three sunflowers I planted are up and running, the little blue flowers that Helga gave us look quite nice, and the Asiatic lilies have been blooming vividly for a couple of weeks. So with the flowers, I have no complaints.