Monday, May 28, 2012

Geocaching Adventures: In Search Of Louisville

My daughter, Abigail, was a month old on Thursday.  We decided she's had enough time to adjust to the world so it was time for a road trip.

So on Thursday we all piled into the car and headed northwest.  Our destination: A weekend in Louisville Kentucky.

Why Louisville?  On Saturday was Geowoodstock X, a geocaching mega event.  People from around the world attend, and dang it we wanted to go as well.

I'll get to Geowoodstock X in another post.  This one is about the road trip.

Louisville is about 7 hours from my house.  It took us about 12 hours to make the journey, between food stops, nursing stops, fussy baby stops, and of course, geocaching stops.

There were a couple locations of particular interest on our trip, all of them in Frankfort KY, an hour east of Lousville.

The first was The Old Taylor Distillery, which is just as it sounds, a bourbon distillery.  It was abandoned in 1974, and has been sitting here ever since.  Now it is the home to two different geocaches: a traditional and a virtual - gotta like two-for-one deals on cache locations!

The distillery is now run down and overgrown, with english ivy growing all over many of the buildings.

Just a short way down from the distillery is the gravesite of Joshua M McQueen, a revolutionary war veteren.  He lived to a ripe old age of 106, which is pretty dang impressive.

A few miles down the road is the capitol of Kentucky.  Outside of the capitol building is a large floral clock.  Apparently there are only 3 such clocks in the world: Frankfort KY, Niagara Falls, ON, and Edinburgh Scotland.  I have now seen two of the three.  Someday I hope to see the third.

All in all it was a decent day on the road, and full of interesting sights and sounds.  The kids travelled pretty well, especially Abigail.  We settled into the hotel for the night and had ourselves a full weekend of adventures.  Stay tuned for more details.  Until then here are a few more pics from our day:

A county road in Kentucky.

Ivy growing in a broken window at the distillery.

To give a sense of scale, the minute hand is 20.5 feet long.

Kentucky State Capitol building in Frankfort KY.