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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

John James Audubon State Park, Kentucky (May 6 - 9, 2011)

Building For Sale in Evansville, Ind.
Iron Furnace Ruins

John James Museum/Nature Center
Upon our departure from Paris Landing S.P., we decided to travel through the Land Between the Lakes scenic road which was called The Trace.  It was about 50 miles long and a very scenic route through the National Recreation Area through Tennessee and Kentucky. We passed by The Great Western Iron Furnace Ruins along the parkway.  There were two Visitor Centers (one on each end of the park), a nature station, an elk and bison prairie, The Golden Pond Planetarium (no not where the movie was filmed) and a observatory.  Lots of camping and hiking along the way but most of it was closed due to the flooding.  A few hours later we landed at the John James Audubon State Park in Henderson, Kentucky.  Again water, electric and laundry facilities were in this nicely shaded park.  The sites were black topped and we were right near the busy highway 41 in Henderson.  There is a nice  museum/nature center here, cottages and hiking trails.  We ventured to Evansville, IN and walked along the swollen Ohio River on a very nice river-walk; and wanted to tour a landing ship tank (LST-325) but it was closed due to the flooding problem.  Our last day which was Mother's Day was a picture perfect day weatherize.  We went to a very nice church " Holy Name" in Henderson and then spent the day back at camp enjoying the great weather.  Of course, Jason waited on his Mother all day which made it even a better day.  On through Indiana we go!!!!

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