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Kentucky – My Old Kentucky Home State Park

My Old Kentucky Home State Park

If you read my last post about The Stephen Foster Story, you may remember that this outdoor musical is performed in an amphitheater in My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown, Kentucky. Why there? Because Stephen Foster was the composer of My Old Kentucky Home, the state song of Kentucky. The home that inspired the song is real and was owned by distant relatives of Stephen Foster, who visited there once, it is believed. Although no one can be truly certain this is the home that the song was based on, that is the claim.

The home is […]

Michigan – Palms Book State Park a.k.a. Kitch-iti-Kipi

View from the raft at Palms Book State Park

When I first heard about the Big Spring at Palms Book State Park, I was fascinated and knew I just had to go see it. And, except for the mosquitoes (bring your insect repellent–you’ve been warned!), I was not disappointed. This place is amazing and is the perfect attraction to conclude my series on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Words alone don’t suffice in explaining it, so you’ll have to see it to believe it. Kitch-iti-kipi is Michigan’s largest freshwater spring and is located within Palms Book State Park. The spring is two hundred feet across and 40 feet deep and […]

West Virginia – Holly River State Park

Holly River Log Cabin 2

If you’re looking for a mountain getaway that won’t empty your wallet, then you need to know about Holly River State Park in West Virginia. Situated in Webster County in the Appalachian Mountains, Holly River has an ideal combination of lush green forests, mountain streams, and amenities to make it a fantastic destination for families.

You’ll definitely want to stay in one of the cabins inside the park. These aren’t cookie-cutter cabins; each one is unique and constructed of either stone, logs, or shake shingles. The folks at the park were kind enough to allow me to photograph the […]