We used Passport America to find a campground near Mammoth Caves in Cave City, Ky. Singing Hills Campground http://www.singinghillsrvpark.com/ was fairly nice campground very near the many touristy attractions in the area. We were surprised at how many there were. However, we were there for the caves!
Singing Hills is run by a very nice couple. The wife, Beth Brown, we discovered was a retired teacher. We ended up chatting with her for quite some time as we cooled off from our excursions. She told me about a children’s book series, “Mrs. Piggle Wiggle” perfect for my first graders and introduced herself as the author of her own book, “Parenting is Rocket Science.” Listening to her stories about meeting Mr. Brown and raising their family were definitely uplifting. https://www.amazon.com/Parenting-Is-Rocket-Science/dp/0929540093
The campground sites are clean, but too close for Captain Jim and my comfort and very little shade. Shade was much needed as it was hot as Hades or the according to Jim, “the 4th level of Dante’s inferno!” We spent very little time outside; it just wasn’t possible.
We stayed 3 nights, but only because it was cheap (with the Passport America discount) and we would be going to the caves. It would have been too much trouble to find another campground.
Kaelin was happy with that decision because he could ride his bike and he even met a little boy he played with for short while. He also enjoyed that Mrs. Beth allowed him to take a couple of books with him. He’s now a fan of the “Warriors” book series.
I give Singing Hills a 3.5 rating. They really need some shade and cutting the grass would have been helpful. Also sites too close. I hate to give it such a low rating as the Brown’s are lovely people. Perhaps the cooler months?
Captain Jim would only give it a 3. He was not happy with not being able to hang out in the great outdoors. Of course, the heat was not the campground’s fault, but shade would have really helped that issue.
Sadler State Park turned out to be quite a gem, 395 Acres of beautiful forests on a peninsula of Lake Hartwell (56,000 acres). We stayed on Loop #1, site # 1, a pull through that abutts up to the water.
After quickly setting up, little man and I took a walk down to the beach area. He and I, loaded with our cameras, partook in a few photography lessons. I talked to him about composition and foreground and background. He caught on quickly; took a few of his own shots on his Kodak camera his dad had given him and then took off to run the beach. Lessons over, I took many beautiful landscape shots of the lake and its shores. I practiced what I learned in the book Perfect Exposure (I’ll edit with the authors name later.) Using the sand as my midtones, I got perfect shots. Can’t wait to see them on my Surface.
When we checked into the campground little man decided, for some odd reason, that he was afraid to fall in the water! He didn’t want to stay at the site we had chosen. Of course, we didn’t listen to him and number one it was. After seeing how shallow the water was at the shore he decided it was quite safe to play knee-deep for several hours.
We had a lovely evening and slept very well. The next morning, little man earned his level 1 Junior Ranger badge. We had a nice chat with Ranger Austin who suggested we come in the fall. I do believe our Thanksgiving week plans have been made.
Gordonia State Park was hard to find due to poor signage. We almost missed it. There was a separate entrance that we happened on while heading to Walmart. We followed the GPS even though the sign on the road said “Dead End.” It wasn’t a Dead End. Go figure.
It has a lot to offer; golf course, splash pad, lake, canoe rental. The sites were clean although oddly set up. Gnats were absolutely relentless, so be aware you might decide to stay in your camper.
The office was at the golf course club house, however that too was not clearly marked. We had to guess (although correctly) that was where we were to sign in. And there was no RV turn around. It was very difficult on Captain Jim to have to flip flop the camper and avoid golf carts. So if, dear readers, you choose to go here please note that it’s a kinda hunt and peck situation.
Lil Man probably would say that the splash pad was the best part of the park. I got some terrific shots there. We didn’t stay long though, because it wasn’t very parent friendly. There were lots of kids, but only so many hot, metal benches for parents to sit on and not efficient shading.
All in all, probably wouldn’t go back to camp there, however, I could see where it’s a good day park to visit.
Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
After an uneventful, quiet night at Laura S Walker State Park we are once again on the road. Having no coffee “in the house” causes one to pack quickly and efficiently. The gas problem was solved five miles down the road in a teeny tiny town called Hoboken. I kid you not! We filled up tanks, coffee and gas and continued our travels down Highway 121. Some travelers would not be content to take these country highways, but I truly am. Lately, I have suffered terrible traffic anxiety, seeing an accident in every turn. Taking these meandering byways are peaceful and truly beautiful. It allows you to see a side of life one cannot see on major highways. Little to no traffic makes it stress free for both myself and Captain Jim. My only regret is I can’t stop at every rustic barn, quiet town and cute cow to take a picture. Destination Gordonia State Park.
One cannot help but notice the thousands of statues and sculptures that are scattered throughout Washington DC. Notice one and you are probably missing half a dozen more. These are great subjects to photograph as they don’t move. They can be challenging in that you have to get your shots without people in them. The shots are usually in the what I call the “crane your neck” view as you have to look up at them to take the shots. This also means you have to watch that the sky doesn’t blow out your highlights. This view, however, can add to the immensity of some of these works of art. Especially my favorite, the view of the Infinity Sculpture/Artwork that we found outside the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. I’ve taken this shot before, but never did it come out like this one. The reflection of the sky in the metal just added to the feeling of motion. I don’t know what the names of many of the statues are, as I took them as we were walking from point A to point B. Often, I was only afforded a few minutes to point and shoot. We were always on the go! There is just so much to do in DC.
The first place we visit when in Washington DC is, of course, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. This is a must due to my very nerdy men. My husband, a fifth grade teacher, loves science almost as much as he loves me and that’s a lot. Our 8 year old son, gifted, cute and truly a young scientist at heart wants to be a NASA engineer when he grows up. Last year he even got to meet a real NASA engineer, which of course, further fueled his desire to one day build a faster rocket than anything they have today! Watch out future American citizens, he just might do it.
Howard Hughes Plane
This plane is absolutely stunning.
Our guy in my favorite gallery.
Not a great shot, but I loved this photo. So clear and detailed.
Navigating ships by the stars.
These are only a few of the photos I took. I didn’t take near as many as I did the first time we went to the Air and Space Museum. Back in 2014, I think I took a photo of just about every exhibit. This year, not so much. I wanted to concentrate on what I was seeing. Of course, the coolest exhibit this year was the original model of the spaceship Star Trek Enterprise. Being a fan of the show, this was a must see.
A new exhibit: The original model of the Star Trek Enterprise.