S: Kentucky Quest
BC: Goodbye,Kentucky December, 2010
FC: Kentucky Quest December, 2010
1: What do you do when you all have the week between Christmas and New Year off? Plan a quick trip, of course. We headed out to explore Kentucky!
2: 1st Stop: The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in Louisville, Kentucky
4: This is where we learned the story behind the Louisville Slugger baseball bat. J. Frederick Hillerich came to the US from Germany in 1842. His small woodworking shop in Louisville was never intended to be a bat factory. Legend has it that the first bat was turned for Pete Browning, a local ball player in 1884 after he had broken his favorite bat in an afternoon game. One of Pete's nicknames was the Louisville Slugger. Today the Louisville Slugger is the official bat of Major League Baseball, and millions are sold each year. The company celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2009.
6: The Bambino
7: The Sultan of Swat | The Colossus of Clout
8: Here I am actually holding Mickey Mantle's bat!!!
9: Tom chose Johnny Bench's bat. | Ethan with a bat belonging to David Ortiz.
10: Tom | Ethan
11: Ethan Julie Tom | In the Dugout
14: 2nd Stop: Mammoth Cave National Park in Central Kentucky
15: This is the world's longest known cave system, with more than 390 miles explored. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a "grand, gloomy and peculiar place,"...we called it fascinating, beautiful and very cool!
16: The Historic Entrance | The main section of Mammoth Cave is believed to have been discovered in 1797 by Robert Houchins. He is said to have been pursuing a wounded bear he was hunting which disappeared into the main entrance to the cave. This entrance is known as the Historical Entrance and is the only natural entrance to the cave used by tourists today.
18: Down we go...
19: ...deeper and deeper...
20: Signs of life: prehistoric, ancient, merely old, and living today.
21: Brown Bat | Cave Cricket
24: C A V E
25: T R O L L
26: Look up, look down...there is much to see.
28: Maybe a diet is in order for this family!
30: Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln | 3rd Stop
32: After climbing the 56 monument steps (one for each year of Lincoln's life) you enter to see the cabin.
33: Lincoln drank from this spring. | Sinking Spring: the family's water source.
34: 4th stop: Maker's Mark Bourbon Distillery
35: In bourbon making, it's all about the water. This water is limestone filtered to remove impurities and add minerals necessary for distillation.
36: The Quart House: The oldest liquor store in the state. When your jug was empty, a few coins would get it filled with quality whiskey.
37: The house is a great look into the 50's, complete with neat kitchen and talking photos.
38: The S T I L L
39: The Warehouse
40: The Tasting Room | Mmm... Bourbon!
42: Maker's is known for the red wax that seals each bottle. As part of the tour, you can dip your own bottle!