Two weeks ago, Kyle and I went to Kentucky to visit relatives and for me to attend the Woman’s Writer of Kentucky Conference. Instead of re-writing the entire trip, I decided to just paste up my (edited) e-mails to Marcia, which pretty much sum up the trip. Here they are along with pictures:

Dear Marcia,

Today we went to a cave in Indiana. It was discovered by Squire Boone, Daniel Boone’s brother. He had a mill there, which we took some time looking at. I saw a goat and a cat that were friends:

photo by Joy Lanzendorfer

And a guy with a confederate flag license plate. [Ed note. People I know from Kentucky would like me to point out to you that this guy was from Indiana.]

photo by Joy Lanzendorfer

Inside the cave, I saw stalactites and stalagmites for the first time. I had never been in a wet cave before. It is amazing and beautiful.

photo by Joy Lanzendorfer

photo by Joy Lanzendorfer

photo by Joy Lanzendorfer
(Its estimated these will touch in 250 years)

At one point, the guide shone a light at a crevice and a bat flew out and almost hit my head! Then it veered up and flew over me into another part of the cave. It was just like in the movies.

photo by Joy Lanzendorfer
(A rock in the cave that looks like a bat.)

I also saw a cave crawdad. It only lives in the cave and as such, it is white and blind.
photo by Joy Lanzendorfer

After that we went shopping and soooo many things are cheap here it is hard not to buy everything that is even slightly cool. I bought two mood rings and a glow-in-the dark bat teeshirt and some glass beads and a book and other stuff.

Tomorrow we are going to go to the Thomas Edison museum and then on a dinner cruise around the Ohio River. We also might go to some Kentucky antique stores and also, did you know Muhammad Ali lived here? He has a museum. Go figure. On Wednesday, we’re seeing Kyle’s friend Jeremy. On Thursday, we’re going to Lexington for the writer’s conference. For a trip I wasn’t all that excited about, it’s going pretty well so far.

~ Joy

photo by Joy Lanzendorfer
(Kentucky butterfly)

1 Comment

  1. Jen

    That crawdad is amazing. Thanks for posting.

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