07/13/2017 Betsy

Last evening as we returned from dinner in downtown Coldwater, the driveway to VJ’s property was lined with police cars; K9 units from various cities in the area including Coldwater, Sydney, Mercer County, etc, etc.  About seven officers and seven gorgeous German Shepherds were exercising in VJ’s front property area. DUKE They were using the property to acclimate these dogs to water and VJ’s pond is the perfect location to run the dogs into the water and have them chomp down on an arm! The German Shepherds ranged from ages of 2 years to Duke, the grandpa at 7 years…

07/13/2017 Betsy

  In case you don’t know, VJ is Dave’s brother, and has the best piece of property in the family!  It’s a virtual kids-land with a crystal clear pond, two zip lines, every water toy imaginable, a great house and a wonderful RV spot for his family to pull up and enjoy all that is here! It is located in Coldwater, Ohio somewhere north of Dayton near Versailles pronounced Ver-sails and Russia pronounced Roosey and Maria Stein and other small farm towns. Before we even set up, Billy is in the pond where he learned to swim as a pup…

07/13/2017 Betsy

So our day begins collecting Kentucky Hugs – that warm feeling in the middle of your chest – visiting the distilleries in the Bardstown area.   BOURBON HERITAGE CENTER, HEAVEN HILL DISTILLERY, Bardstown, KY   Evans Williams & Elijah Craig Located just down the street from our campsite is Heaven Hills Distillery Heritage Center where Evans Williams was distilled.  The distiller here, Parker Beam, is a cousin to Frederick Booker Noe III of Jim Beam.   In 1996, a fire destroyed a total of six rack houses and the distillery.  Although the distillery is no longer at this facility, they built…

07/11/2017 Betsy

Bardstown- Bourbon Capital of the World – where bourbon flows from everywhere but the water taps!   Bourbon is a US history story as evidenced from the beautiful old buildings in this historic town.  Bardstown is the second oldest city in Kentucky . Anchoring My Old Kentucky Home State Park is a beautiful golf course and Federal Hill built in 1812. Across the golf course is Heaven Hills Distillery   Steven Foster gets credit for lots of stuff he wasn’t actually  around!  Born in Pittsburgh, died in New York, our first American Composer wrote about America. Way Down Upon the Suwannee…

07/09/2017 Betsy 1Comment

Our four days at Davidson River CG in Brevard NC were wonderful. This campground has so many memories of my kids growing up camping here and their imprint was throughout the campground as I walked through our favorite sites. We caught up with our Cascade Lake hosting friends we made five and six years ago and have stayed pretty much in touch with. Geoff and Linda hosted a reunion bringing together people we hadn’t not seen in years. It was great catching up and the evening was too short and we hadn’t told enough stories! Linda,…