The Random Writings of Rachel: My Old Kentucky Home

My Old Kentucky Home





 At Sand Cave--I remember before the boardwalk and fence were built, you were actually allowed to walk up and go into the entrance of Sand Cave. You know you're old when you can remember a time before a new regulation is enforced....

So, you know, staying too long in the same place can be boring. En route between Michigan and Florida, my family stopped in Kentucky.

Kentucky plays an interesting role in my story--it was a relatively short but oh-so memorable portion of my life. When my family first moved to Kentucky, we lived in a motorhome. And yes, I said lived, not vacationed.

We were moving due to my dad's job, and the house we were supposed to stay in wasn't ready for us to live in until 9 weeks after he was supposed to start his new position. No problem, we're flexible people. We decided to to drive my grandparents' 1970s-era motorhome to a campground and live there for 9 weeks while we didn't have a house.

Let me paint you a picture: An ancient motorhome, a Jellystone campground in the midst of a Kentucky summer, and 5 children aged 9, 7, 5, 3, and 1, for 9 weeks. (I had my 10th birthday while living in the motorhome).

Ya'll, my family isn't scared of anything.

The workers at the campground had never met a family who intended to stay for the entire summer, but we became a fixture in their lives; present at nearly every children's activity that the campground hosted. Actually, we were asked to host game and face-painting activities on a few occasions when staffing was a little short. Us kids drove bargains with the managers and picked up trash around the grounds in exchange for free ice cream sundaes. I remember doing schoolwork, too, part of Mom's favorite method of keeping us all busy through long summer days when we couldn't go anywhere outside the campground.

My Mom made dinners for 7 on the tiny motorhome stove; we ate a lot of cereal, hot dogs, and hamburger helper that summer. On Sundays, we splurged and went out to O'Charleys, because they offered 2 free kids meals for every adult meal purchased. We did laundry at the laundromat and took showers in campground's shower hall. On weekends, when my dad wasn't working, we'd drive the motorhome to a different campground and explore a new city, just for a change in scenery.

It was only 9 weeks, but that's a 9 week chunk of my life I know I'll never forget!

So yeah, it was an adventure, but from what you've come to know of my family, it's not altogether surprising, is it? Personally, I think it was a great practice for all the adventures that have come our way since!

25 comments:

  1. I visited Mammoth Cave for the first time last fall and loved it. I thought the 1950s tourist areas around the cave were a riot though. We ate at Cracker Barrel and the waitress told us "see you again soon" and my hubby was like "sure will!" LOL we probably will not be going back for a long time.

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  2. Okay, I think this is awesome. Your family kicks so much ass.

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  3. That's so cool! Your parents really aren't scared of anything! :)

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  4. Wow - that is an adventure. Your parents are super brave!

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  5. Wow! After doing that as a kid you would be prepared for anything as an adult!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  6. sound so fun! what an adventure. your mom sure is a special person.

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  7. I love this. It makes my heart really happy to hear about a family with so much for each other. :)

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  8. That is such a cool story with lots of memories! And you're right, I am not surprised in the least! ;)

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  9. You're in my neck of the woods!!! You stayed at the Jellystone campground? I remember staying there when I was a kid one summer!

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  10. I've lived in Kentucky my entire life and never been to Mammoth Cave!

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  11. i haven't been since i was very young, so i loved seeing your pics and reliving my memories.

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  12. That sounds like quite a memorible adventure!!! You all definitely made the best of it and even had fun! :-)

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  13. This is an awesome story. And I love how many memories you had from the time - though I'm sure it was unforgettable. And, I think "flexible" is a little bit of an understatement - y'all were troopers!

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  14. This area looks lovely! The sign on the church is so cute... do they really still hold meetings there? That would be awesome... off the beaten path.

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  15. Holy! Kentucky summers are humid and hot! I would have spent all my time outside or just hiding in those caves ;)

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  16. Wow! What an adventure! I can't imagine! Great memories, though!

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  17. oh rachel, your blog is just endlessly interesting and inspiring and wonderful. a motor home with 5 kids for an entire summer and you speak about it so... happily. can you start your memoir yet?

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  18. Honestly, that sounds like a really fun summer! My grandfather worked for a local(ish) campground for a few years and was provided a "seasonal" campsite (so for the entire time the campground is open each year). Now granted it wasn't too far from home but we spent lots of time there and usually for week-long stays at least. I spent so much time there that I got a job for a few summers too. So I can see how these 9 weeks were so memorable for you!

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  19. This is beyond cool!
    I can't imagine how crazy that summer was.

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  20. That is so interesting and awesome - your family is very flexible indeed, I can imagine the stories you have piled from those short 9 weeks (which probably didn't feel so short at the time). How fun to be able to re-visit that campsite! Happy Friday Rachel! -Iva

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  21. My husband would totally want to do that! Sounds like a very memorable summer.

    Stopping by from SITS...

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  22. I am in awe your family was able to do this! Must have brought you guys closer together. What great memories to look back on!

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  23. Well, it must have been so cool and awesome to live in a motorhome! I love adventures and the idea of being in a campground sounds like really my thing! You did have a wonderful 9 weeks of your life back then. :)

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