Day 8: Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Today was officially my last full day in Kentucky, and the time has gone by so fast! First off, before we get started in today’s happenings, I want to again send another shout out, a HUGE thank you, to Stephanie, Cheryl, and Ari for their wonderful kindness and hospitality these last 5 days….we had a lot of laughs and good times and I will remember them all. Now on to the main event.

As a child, I had read the story of Noah and his famous Ark and how he had gathered two of every animal along with his family onto this large, man- made boat before God flooded the Earth.  Even then, I was skeptical.  I wondered how the animals didn’t eat the other animals, how did they deal with the smell of that many animals defecating, and how did Noah determine which animals made it on the boat and which ones didn’t.  So when I heard that a man was building a true to size Ark, I thought this could be my chance to get some questions answered and see for myself if this was at all a possibility.  I asked the Livers if they’d like to go with me, and they said yes, and thus, today was born.

Let’s talk logistics first about this “Attraction” – and that’s what it is, it isn’t a church, it isn’t on holy land, it is a replica of a boat from the Bible.  Parking is $10, and to JUST get into the Ark will cost you $50 an adult, with prices lower for kids and seniors.  If you want to throw in the “Creation Museum” which is located 45 mins down the road, there is a combo ticket for $79.  We only did the Ark.  Now, once you park, there were HUGE lines for buying tickets and then claiming ones online. Both lines were ridiculously long, and not manned well at all. There was no one telling you where to go for what, so I would suggest to them to add more employees during the first hours of the day. Once ticket in hand, you must board a bus to get TO the Ark, as it is quite a ways away. No, you cannot walk to it. There is a bus for assisted needs if you need the additional help and room.  We were there at about 10:30 a.m. and had to wait in line a good 20 minutes before purchasing our tickets, but had no wait for the bus line.

They drive you out to the Ark, then drop you off at the “Answers Center” which, that name just didn’t sit well with me, and you can use the Restrooms here, grab a water, or go sit in their sanctuary if you needed to go to Church while visiting the Ark? They have presentations and videos playing there, but it gave off the church vibe greatly.  After you freshen up, you head out to the Rainbow that kicks off the entrance to the great boat herself.

Now, the sheer sight of the Ark will take your breath away- she be a big girl! It’s amazing to see something out of your Children’s Bible come to life before you, and I was quite excited to see the inside, as was Walter.  It’s a Tuesday, a week day, but it is summertime, and the crowds were INSANE! I would say come right as it opens, like Disney, it’s probably prudent to be the early bird on this one and get in while it isn’t crazy busy. Because here’s the thing….there were the long lines to buy the ticket, long lines to get into the Ark, and then LONGER lines to explore the Ark!

Once you walk up a large walkway into the boat, there is everything and anything on the walls explaining everything. The problem is that all it takes is a couple of people to gather around these signs, and you can’t read them at all.  Lines starting forming for every exhibit, so frustrations unfortunately set in because you would be in really long lines to read some of it, so most just tried to keep moving forward.

The first floor is the hull and bottom of the boat….showing you what was stored on this floor including the amazing workmanship on the cages.  Now, again, we don’t know for sure what it looked like back then, but this was an interesting take on what they felt it was.  The second floor was more of the animals, but larger ones, including dinosaurs? I scratched my head on that one. The third floor was the living quarters of the family and where they would grow their food, grabbing sunlight and water out of the top of the boat for growing their own food.  Impressive set up to say the least.

Now, I have to say that I enjoyed seeing the sheer size of it and what it must have felt like to be on the Ark. What I did NOT enjoy was the commercialism of it, even though it is foremost an attraction at the end of the day.  Something about charging $50 a head and then the endless rooms of their gift shop- I just left feeling weird.  It’s probably why I never visited the “Holy Land Experience” in Orlando…something about it never sat well with me.  Don’t get me wrong, I am glad I saw it for myself finally, but I am not sure if I would recommend it.  I didn’t realize it was so highly controversial, and I pride myself on being a safe space for all, so it was just a bit disappointing for how excited I was to start my day with.  Lesson learned, moving on.

We headed on over to Shelbyville to check out a VERY famous Restaurant in Kentucky started by a VERY famous Colonel.  Colonel Sanders and his wife moved to the area where they would come up with their FAMOUS RECIPE for Fried Chicken RIGHT HERE.  They started this Restaurant FIRST before heading out and starting the “Kentucky Fried Chickens” you know today! It’s called “Claudia Sanders Dinner House” and it is VERY elegant! The famous duo lived in the big white house located in front of their Restaurant, where it still stands today.  I was excited because while in Kentucky, you have to have Kentucky Fried Chicken….but this was the REALLY good stuff that came first. It was DELICIOUS and we had all 8 sides, family style, with Cheryl taking home all of the leftovers!  I HIGHLY recommend dining here and enjoying a bit of foodie history with some GREAT fried chicken.

Today’s Moments of Kindness: OK, today was one for myself. I was disappointed in the Ark, so I had to be kind to myself and remember that not everything will be a winner or positive experience. I still took pics of families for them though, and my patience was kindness for all today LOL.

Another full day in the books, and I am again, beat. I head out bright and early for Illinois next, passing through Indiana on the way (I hit Indiana again later).  The rain is making me sleepy and melancholy for routine, but I am happy and feeling blessed with everything I have been able to see and experience…even if it’s controversial.  See you tomorrow for another driving day.

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Day 7: Monday, June 7th, 2021

It is officially my first week done, and I am so proud of myself.  I have been blessed with so many wonderful friends and family in my life, and today was just another beautiful reflection of that. I didn’t have much on the agenda today due to weather being iffy, so Steph and I took to the road with a pocketful of ideas and the sun finally peeking out of the clouds.  We headed to “Farmington” first which is a Plantation that Abraham Lincoln stayed at.  They allow you to visit the grounds even when the home itself isn’t open, so that’s what we did. Of course we looked in windows, checked out the beautiful gardens, and made sure Walter was in on the action.

Next we toured Eastern Cemetery, which is a very old 1800s one which was known for burying bodies over other bodies. A scam they ran by selling lots over lots that were already in use….it was definitely and eerie place.

Onto then downtown Louisville, and I must say, on a Monday it was awesome. There was little to no traffic, stores were adorable, it was clean, safe, and it didn’t give off that “big city” feel like some other big cities do.  I enjoyed the sites and sounds, grabbing pics all over the city before heading to lunch at the “Galthouse” Hotel with Steph’s mom, Cheryl.

We ate “Jockey Silks” which was a Speakeasy type bar/restaurant in the hotel.  It was beautiful, and we enjoyed a half booth while I ordered the chopped salad with grilled chicken.  Appetizers were cheese curds with ranch dressing…and this Cheesehead can tell you they were DELICIOUS!!  The salad hit the spot, and Cheryl was gracious enough to give me a tour of the hotel’s upstairs which looked over the city of Louisville and Indiana across the Ohio River.

Steph and I then headed over to Indiana to find a very famous Candy Store that is actually THE oldest one in America.  Called “ Schimpff’s” owned now by the Fourth Generation, Warren and Jill Schimpff.  It was like walking into Willy Wonka’s candy store in the beginning of the movie…. A step back in time to the old Soda Shop.  Three rooms, one that held a Museum of Candy and Chocolate, one where they made the candy, and the middle room being the Soda Shop with the old wooden booth and the boutique curled iron chairs.  We decided we MUST split a hot fudge sundae here, and of course, Walter HAD to get into the action!  We met Warren and Jill and they also got to meet Walter- such kind people and they loved being a part of Walter’s cross-country trip.

Back to Kentucky, we drove around Old Louisville and looked at beautiful, old homes. Then onto the “Mega Caverns” which were man made caverns, located deep beneath the city and under the Zoo.  We took the tram tour, lasting about an hour, very informative, and bring a jacket if you are going to check it out.  I tell ya, they put a ghost tour down there and it would be insanely scary.  Ever seen the “Descent?” Yeah, like that.  They also have ziplining but I was not ready for that today, maybe another time.

Today’s Moments of Kindness: Cheryl and Steph blessed me all day with kindness…which helps me down the road when I am on my own and alone. So thank you.

It was a full day, ending with pizza from “Bearno’s” – my own deep dish delight, which has fueled me enough to get this written and posted tonight. Another day done, lots of smiles, one more day in Kentucky tomorrow. Goodnight!

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Day 6: Sunday, June 6th, 2021: Part Two

Part Two

After a long and exciting night at Waverly Hills last night, I slept in this morning as long as I could.  Needing the sleep and relaxation, it felt good to take things much slower today.  Being out of my routine can get a bit rough on me, so I try to find pockets of time like this to recharge so I am a viable human being for the day. I was thrilled to get PART ONE of today’s blog post done before I headed out for the races….today we headed to Churchill Downs!

Arriving around 1 p.m.,  Steph, Ari and Cheryl gave me a tour of the grounds before we then headed up to make our bets.  “La Tourista” was the horse I bet on for the simple fact that it had “Tourist” in the name…I mean, come on, I know NOTHING about betting or horses.  I bet across the board, spending all of $6.  Yeah, never been a big gambler- that feeling of losing money just stinks and so to me the “gamble” is never really worth it. But for today’s purpose, I wanted to say that I had bet on a horse at the famous home of the Kentucky Derby, and that felt really special.

We found our seats, and it was so great to see the real thing in front of me.  It’s crazy of how far off they start, wayyyy back in the corner, and then you really don’t get into it until they come around the turn that is right in front of the crowd.  And in true fashion, my horse came in dead last….so you’re welcome for the donation, Derby.  I didn’t expect the win, so it was actually pretty funny. It would have been more shocking to have actually won something.  We grabbed some lunch in the food court,  I had a hot dog and chips- and technically qualifies as some where new because it was at the track.

We stayed for another race that we watched on the top, and then went closer to the track for the last race. It was really cool to see them up close and to hear everyone cheering and getting so into it.  A great experience that everyone should have at least once.

After the races, we headed to Cave Hill, Cemetery, to find Muhammad Ali and Colonel Sanders graves.  We had a good time looking at all the different ones, and then we finally found both of them, including Mr. Sander’s wife, Claudia.  Beautiful stones, Ali had hundreds of roses all over his grave, the anniversary of his death just passed on June 3rd.

Today’s Moments of Kindness: This one is actually kind of funny. When we were in the Cemetery, we had rolled the windows down to take pics, because we were too lazy to get out. Well the 17 year old Cicades are here, and one flew into the car. We heard this thing. mile after mile, making noise somewhere in the car. I was kind to the bug….because we never found him. LOL Sadly, his deceased body was found days later as they cleaned out the car….maybe not a kind thing as much as a funny thing.

As we headed home for the day, we passed a woman in a decked out Coca-Cola car with a “friend” in the front seat. Now, I have Walter, so I can’t talk, but…..looking over and seeing this was just not an every day occurrence. It was truly funny and bizarre.  I am exhausted and probably going to bed early tonight…I would like to have some resemblance of energy for tomorrow. LOL  Hope you all had a great weekend, see you tomorrow.

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Day 6: Sunday, June 6th, 2021: PART ONE

Part One

It’s 1:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, and I had to write now while it was all fresh and still stuck in my head. Tonight I did my first ghost tour at Waverly Hills in Kentucky…and. It. was. AMAZING!!!! Oh my goodness, where to begin. Ok….picture the sun just setting, twilight is slowly starting to creep in, and we drive up this long winding road to the top of the hill where the trees act like curtains.  They open up to reveal the size and stature that is Waverly Hills Sanitorium…  I squealed with anticipation.  I have watched many a tv show and documentary about this place and have always wanted to explore it. They checked our tickets at the gate, and then ushered us to the parking lot, and then inside the building where you can use the restroom and grab something to drink for and before the tour begins.

My tour started at 10 pm and lasted until midnight. Obviously I chose this one to get as late as possible inside the building, and it did NOT disappoint. First off, we got incredibly blessed with fantastic weather. Little to no wind, warm but not hot, and everything was very “still.” Now, the down side of this particular tour was that they had a capacity of 50 people which then they in turn split up into 2 groups of 25.  It was WAY to big of a group at 25, and it would’ve been better at about 10-15.  The more people you have, the more noise and distraction you have. I have been lucky enough to tour and investigate on my own or in very small groups and it’s the best because you have the tour guides full attention and also more control of the environment to listen, to be still and quiet, and to also ask and talk to the spirits around you.  So, with our group of 25, they have you choose a guide, and there is a rule break down before you head off into the dark. 

The rules at Waverly are pretty simple- be quiet, be aware, pics only with brightness levels down to zero and no flash, no video or audio are permitted, no ghost equipment playing (ESPECIALLY GHOST BOXES), flashlights only on in certain spots, and to be respectful by staying with the group and no wandering off.  Now, if you want to investigate this place, there are specific overnight times for that, which they are sold out of for the rest of the year. Yes, this is that popular.

We headed to the “Body Chute” first…and it was a kick in the gut to start off here first.  Why? Well, it’s in the basement…and basements already have that creep factor, now let’s add a tunnel that they transported all of the dead who died of TB back in the day. The reason for using it this way was so that patients inside would not see the death toll of up to 24 dying a day, looked like parading through and out the front door. This way they were able to move the bodies quietly to and from the morgue without upsetting the other patients.  This is a VERY haunted part of the building, and because of it’s steep incline, they wouldn’t let us walk into it.  I can tell you just standing at the top and looking down, it was like seeing the worst slide at a playground possible with smoke and mist covering the bottom….you couldn’t see where it ended. She then had everyone turn off lights and we stood quietly in the tunnel that leads to the Body Chute and just listened to see if anyone would chat… I didn’t hear anything here.

Next we would go floor to floor (5 floors in total) to specific rooms and areas of the Sanitorium where there were the most “hot spots.”  What was challenging for me was trying to get anything good taken in the dark of dark on my camera.  They had several low lights around the building, and the stairs were lit up by the guides so you didn’t fall and hurt yourself, but those looooon hallways…oh they were dark.  And as you passed by every room, you felt as though someone was staring at you. 

My favorite areas were the roof and the 4th floor. First off, being on the roof at Waverly Hills was actually pretty beautiful. The moon and stars out, very quiet and chill, I didn’t feel much up there but a child’s ball was moving around in an area up here.  Now, we were on the roof, more chance of air movement here than anything, but this place is famous for a boy named “Timmy” who likes to play ball. So I watched it, snapped a pic, and just said hello to him in case he was hanging around.

4th floor was my absolute favorite because of how much I felt and saw here…and it was the closest to midnight as well. They have everyone line up in the hallway and all lights are turned off- just us in the pitch dark with anyone who wants to say hello.  They had a challenge of anyone who would like to walk down the dark hallway by themselves, and no, not having my glasses yet, I didn’t want to chance another fall in the same day (see Day 5 post about that) so I did not go for it, and honestly I may have worked up to it but they only had time for two people to do it.  So as the guide is talking and everyone is staring at the woman who is taking the alone challenge, I am staring at the room behind the guide. ……………………………………………………………………………….and then it happened.  With my OWN EYES, I saw a little boy run from right to left behind her.  It was SO CLEAR… I actually yelped out loud and told her “there is a child behind you.” To which she said casually “Oh I’m sure there is, this is the shadow people area.”  We all watched as you could see some come in and out of the rooms, and then we noticed that the end of the hall was getting VERY VERY VERY dark…. The light from the end of the hallway had disappeared and the guide started to get incredibly nervous and said “It’s time to go. We don’t mess with this one.”  Apparently his name is Mr. Black and he is of demon nature, and you could FEEL that hallway go from watching for shadow people to something very ominous and dangerous.  I happened to be at the tail end of the group with the guide, and I could FEEL him watching us behind me and I just kept walking faster and getting away from the end of group.  It was INSANE!!!!!

The operating room is where Stephanie felt something hugging her leg and someone poking her ankles with a needle….yes. She also started into a coughing fit in this same room, and felt it come out of nowhere. Remember, this was known for TB.  We finished up in the Morgue, and it was so much smaller than I had pictured in my head from shows that I had seen it on.  True to attraction form, we exited out of the gift shop.  I picked up a magnet, sticker, and pen which says “I survived Waverly Hills.”

Would I do this tour again? Heck yeah!  First off, you get all the creep factor with the safety net of a tour guide in front and behind you.  Second, it was all of $25, and that’s a cheap tour for 2 hours! I have been on $50 ones for half the time, so this was definitely worth the money and time.  Book FAR AHEAD- these sell out fast and they only provide them certain times of the year and certain days and times.  It’s not a “Hey I am in town, I am going to go check it out.”  Plan ahead on this one. On a side note….I geeked out to see Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventurers had been recorded here. I knew they had been, but to see their pics in the gift shop was a fun skip on my heart!

Today’s Moments of Kindness: Steph and Cheryl blessed me all day… it was kind, amazing, and thoughtful. Thank you.

I am happy I did it, happy to check if off my bucket list, hope to be back one day to investigate it, and am now more than excited for the next ghost tour on my trip (Yes, I have MANY booked already). It was a great night, and besides my haunted hangover, I am so proud that I did it. Onto the next!

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I LOVE sharing the joy of Adventure, and Travel! Every dollar you support me with goes right back into my mission for equipment, gas, and essentials. But most importantly, when you support me financially it tells me you BELIEVE in me and MY VALUE, and that means more to me than ANYTHING! Spreading the kindness is my goal on this amazing journey, and I thank you for helping me make magic for so many people. So THANK YOU for YOU!!


Day 5… Saturday, June 5th, 2021

On my first day of waking up in Kentucky, I decided to take a walk while everyone was still sleeping.  The beautiful neighborhood gave way to thoughts to gratefulness for this opportunity, and much needed meditation without screens.  After my protein shake and “Morning Musings” video was done, it was time for Steph, Cheryl and I to hit the open road.

First stop was the Bernheim Forest, aka the Forest of Giants.  A talented sculptor created three large giants among the gorgeous landscape of trees, all out of recycled wood.  As we walked to the first one, I tripped….and with my pride, fell flat on my face on to the ground. I luckily (we shall see), caught myself with my wrist, but I am expecting a pretty ugly bruise on my leg tonight.  Like life, I got back up, brushed myself off, and got the pic.  We found the other two Giants close too each other enough to walk to them, but still dealing with lots of hills that weren’t so fun in the heat. This park is BEAUTIFUL and I highly recommend this exhibit, it’s only sticking around for 3 months.

Next stop was Bardstown, home of the famous Kentucky bourbon. Now, I am not a drinker, but I really enjoyed driving past all of the Distilleries and seeing where they house the barrels, also the “Jim Bean” one has Mila Kunis’s brand stored there. 

Lunch time was upon us and they took me to an old Tavern called “Old Talbott Tavern” that was built in 1779. Just the look of it on the outside got me excited, IT WAS SO COOL!  You could FEEL the energy off this building, and I don’t know if I was more happy to eat lunch or check out this building. We had to wait about 20 minutes for a table, but it was worth it for the atmosphere alone. Cheryl suggested I order a famous Kentucky dish called “Hot Brown” which is smoked turkey, sugar-baked ham, on toast points smothered with Mornay cheese sauce and melted cheddar cheese with bacon and tomatoes.  It SOUNDED delicious, and I am committed to trying new things on this trip, so I ordered that with fried pickles for an appetizer.  People, that dish…..Oh. My. God.  Everything just melted together like a symphony in your mouth, it was so freaking good!!  I would definitely have it again.

Our waitress filled us in on the haunted Tavern we were dining in and the hotel that resides on the second floor. We were invited to check it out upstairs where Jesse James himself got a bit “punch drunk” one evening in his room and shot up a bunch of bullet holes in his room!  On the flip side, during a court case he had, Abraham Lincoln and his family also stayed a night here.  It’s surreal ALWAYS to me, to be dining, walking, sitting where all of these historical figures, characters, and the like once lived their lives and became legends.  Just so incredibly cool.

On the way out, we checked out the old cemetery in the back, lots of headstones with the 1700s on them.  Yall know me, I love me a good cemetery.  Then we headed on over to where Ari works on Main Street and sipped wine while we dished with her adorable co-worke, Zach.…Walter enjoyed the wine too.

All in all, a great day, topping it off wit a quick nap and this write up before I head to WAVERLY HILLS tonight for my ghost tour!!! I am so excited, this has been at the top of my list to experience.  Tomorrow I head to the races….yes, this girl is going to experience Churchill Downs for the first time, can’t wait!!

Today’s Moments of Kindness: Well, falling flat on my face was embrassring. And thankfully Steph and Cheryl made sure I was ok after I brushed off my ego. Also Zach treated us to free glasses of Wine, and it was delicious!!

A HUGE shout out once again to Stephanie and Cheryl who were excellent tour guides, dining companions, and always, wonderful friends to see the sights with.  Thank you ladies!

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Day 4… Friday, June 4th, 2021

Today I stayed in bed as long as I could….enjoying the warmth of the blankets, the quiet of the morning.  I don’t mind the start of a fresh day, but it’s those amazingly peaceful moments that hug my soul.  The car was packed up last night, so it was just about getting up and getting going.  I made my protein shake, hugged and thanks Christa, and I was on the road again at 6:30 a.m.

There is something about that open road that just makes me happy.  I have everything in arm’s length, and I never feel alone because I am usually talking to friends and family on the phone. Today was no different, and God bless the beautiful day it was.  I got through Atlanta, then the Mountains in Tennessee, and then arrived safely in Louisville, Kentucky. All in all, it took me an hour back in time lol, and about 8 hours on the road with stops and gas.  

I found Stephanie’s home with no problem, BEEAUTIFUL neighborhood, so I got the tour and chatted with her and daughter, Ari.  Cheryl, her mom, came home later and we all celebrated Wilfred’s 2nd Birthday today! He was super adorable and it was a first for me to be at a puppy party. 

Dinner was from “Roosters”- Korean BBQ chicken wings with blue cheese- DELICIOUS!!  Bless her heart, she ran and got it so I could relax from my long drive- SUPER KIND so shout out to my hostess with the mostess, Stephanie!!!

Today’s Moments of Kindness: Arriving at Steph’s and greeted with smiles and hugs, chicken wings and a scary movie. Perfectenschlag.

Now it’s time to watch “The Conjuring 4” and then off to bed for much needed rest from the long day on the road.  I can’t wait for tomorrow….it’s time to get my spooky on!

Thank you for helping me spread kindness with your support!!!

I LOVE sharing the joy of Adventure, and Travel! Every dollar you support me with goes right back into my mission for equipment, gas, and essentials. But most importantly, when you support me financially it tells me you BELIEVE in me and MY VALUE, and that means more to me than ANYTHING! Spreading the kindness is my goal on this amazing journey, and I thank you for helping me make magic for so many people. So THANK YOU for YOU!!