Monday, September 21, 2009

Jack Daniel's Distillery

We took a historic tour of the Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg Tennessee. We heard it was a great tour to take and it turned out to be a fun and interesting one.

This was our tour group.

This is where they slowly burn the wood.

Where Jack Daniel lived.

This is the spring that he found to use the fresh, always cool water in his whiskey. He had the choice of being a preacher or going into the whiskey business and you all know what he choose! Prohibition came along and instead of bootlegging, he just registered with the government and kept his business going strong. But the county remains a dry county to this day. None of his whiskey can be sold there. Ironic.

Statue of Jack in the back. He was even shorter than Seth and I!

Black forms all over the vegetation and buildings around the distillery. It is completely harmless they say.

We drove back through the Cumberlands and they are beautiful! Here was a nice rock to climb and have a look.

A fun Saturday and we learned some local history as well! Every state as a wealth of things to discover.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Nebraska to St. Louis

Our first break from the three day trip home was at Buffalo Bill Cody's Scout Rest Ranch. It was a very impressive place as should be expected from such a showman as he was.

This was his huge barn for all his animals.
And this was his house.

Love this picture.

Inside in his living room which you can't really see well but there is a gun rack behind Seth's head.

Coming out of a cellar of some sort.

And the man himself, at least a portrait anyway.

And some of you may recognize this device, if not read the next picture below and it will explain.

The eaves of the roof on his barn are in the shape of guns!

And it just wouldn't be Buffalo Bill's ranch without some actual buffalo.

This is what Lincoln does when he refuses to walk any longer.

Our next and last pit stop was at the arch in St. Louis. We didn't have enough time to take the hour long ride inside but they had a museum underground that we checked out.

The Mississippi River.

It was a good trip home and we had a lot of fun along the way! America is a beautiful and diverse place! God Bless America.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

We finally made it to Utah and enjoyed our time there seeing family.

Bekah found the dirt right away and spent most of her time digging holes with Mariah.
This is Mariah.

The dogs were good to let her play with them. Although they wouldn't chase the ball she would throw.

Here they are digging holes together. Mariah found some animal scent and would go crazy digging while Bekah laughed her head off at her.

Linc and Bekah both enjoyed getting Amma all wet.

We took a trip downtown and met Papa John at his work and got some pics on Temple Square.

Aunt Annie and Beks

Linc and Grandma Nowie

Here are our cute cousins.

My beautiful sisters minus Joahna as she hadn't come yet!
Bekah and the boys looking at bugs.

Our other cutie cousin Abbie!

Papa John in his usual role of pushing the kids on the swings.

Just what could they be doing?

Linc and Bekah getting their hair cut by Uncle Mikey.

Bekah didn't really like it but she made it through, it was her first major haircut after all.

Coloring with Amma.

We had so much fun with everyone and Linc and Bekah just didn't want to go home. Who can blame them though.

And then began our long trip back home.