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Day 7: “Farmington”, Downtown Louisville, “Galt House”, “Schimpffs Candies” and Mega Caverns

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.

Entrance to Farmington

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.

Eastern Cemetery

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 “Galt House” Hotel with Steph’s mom, Cheryl.

Ollie’s Burgers Stand
The Louisville Slugger
I love old Main Street Clocks like this… Chicago had similar ones and I just fell in love with them.
Fourth Street
Next to the Louisville Slugger Bat
Kentucky Derby Winners Monument outside the Galt House

We ate at “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.

Jockey Silks Menu
The most delicious cheese curds…. don’t tell on me to WI 🙂
Grilled Chicken Chopped Salad
Walter inhales it…. what a pig.
Walter hangs out with his buddy, Cheryl
A spectacular view from the top of the “Galthouse” Restaurant and Bar
The Louisville Slugger from above
A great view of Louisville
Walter gets in on the view
Bridges that connect Kentucky to Indiana

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.

Driving over one of the bridges to Indiana
Back in the day…
I LOVE that back when they had such attention to detail…even with the tile at the entrances of buildings and businesses. It just looks so welcoming and cozy.
Look at that ceiling, I have a thing for those amazing details.
Love the old Coca-Cola Machines
A Salesman Hard Candy Sample Bag
Me thinks these may be a bit stale by now… lol
Walter wants the Hot Fudge Sundae
The Owners and Family

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.

Gorgeous Mansions
Walter with Stephanie and I at the Louisville Mega Caverns
One of my closest and most special friends, Stephanie, enjoying the Caverns with me
The loading area and vehicles you ride in for the Tour
Our driver looks awfully familiar…..
I swear to you, the mannequins were more terrifying than the dark or caverns themselves LOL
Walter was apprehended by our real driver LOL

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!

Thank you for your kindness!!!

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!!

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