Tuesday, July 19, 2011

June BJP 2011 - Kentucky

 June's Journey takes me back to Kentucky and the Mammoth Caves.  I must have been around 12 years old and had no idea what a cave was and why in the world we would be going to see it. 

It was crazy hot during our visit and even as a kid, I didn't like the heat.  I couldn't imagine being in a hot cave!  But then our tour guide explained how the caves were discovered.
A field of Kentucky blue grass
A farmer noticed his cows lingering in this one area out in the field on a hot day and went out to investigate.   There he discovered the cows had congregated around an open hole in the earth from which cold air was pouring.  The farmer went down into the hole and viola - the Mammoth Caves were discovered.  Well, at least that's the story I remember from my youth.    The promise of escaping the heat was all I needed to hear - let's get in that cave already!

Entering the coolness of the cave
Not only was the cave cool and dark, it was beyond amazing.  Unlike anything I had ever seen and I was completely in awe of the formations of the ever changing rocks. (Now that I think of it, this is probably where the rock addiction started.)
Stalagtites or Stalagmites?
Depends on which way you hold it, I guess

A storm rolls in
 While we were there, it was my birthday and a huge violent thunderstorm came through the afternoon of my birthday and knocked out the power in the entire area.   We were supposed to go to dinner for my birthday at a particular restaurant (don't remember the name).  I remember we drove for what seemed like hours to find  another one of that particular restaurant.  We passed all these places with power and I was so annoyed why we just couldn't go to one of those to eat.  But my parents drove on and on and on looking for that specific place to eat.  Finally we found one!  And at the end of the meal when they brought out a cake and everyone in the place sang Happy Birthday to me, I knew then why we had to eat there.  They celebrated birthdays.  
June BJP 2011

So now I'm half way through this little journal/journey project.  I can't believe the emotions and memories I've encountered along the way.  And everytime I look at my journeys displayed along my refrigerator, I smile.    Life is Good.


Carol said...

We took the boys to Mammoth Cave about 4 years ago. We spent a weekend at the motel in the park. It was the BEST weekend ever. The boys still talk about Gun Town Mountain, the bugs we saw on our hike, the "bear that followed us" as we hiked around the mountain trails.

The quarters are sure bringing back great memories for you!
xx, Carol

Lisa Criswell / Indigo's Beads said...

what a great story of your memories of the caves and your birthday. i loved reading it and seeing how you interpreted your trip to kentucky in your project. these magnets are making a completely fantastic set!

Miss Val's Creations said...

Beautiful piece. It is amazing how things from our childhood can continue to inspire us in our adulthood. Caves feel like another world! ~Val

Beadwright said...

Happy late birthday. I love this post and the way your piece turned out.

flyingbeader said...

Wow great piece, Lynn. Those "journeys" are looking good there on your wall.

LissC said...

WOW. they just get better and better. Love it!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Another stunning piece with a neat story to go with it! You are on your way to having the best dressed refrigerator!

Robbie said...

Very nice!!! What a great story too!!!

kaysim said...

Lovely! And I really enjoyed the story to go with it. We gave been to Mammoth Cave, too, and enjoyed it very much.

The Blissful Banter of a Creative Crafter said...

wow its great! and love how you've displayed them. X