November 10, 2021 - A slow start -
Today we begin our road trip to Orlando. Kyrie and Zoe are in Minnesota for a conference and will meet us in Orlando on Saturday.
My plan was to drop off Kyrie and Zoe at the airport and then go back, pick up the kids, take them to their orthodontist appointment and then start our road trip from there. Everything went fine at first. I got Kyrie and Zoe to the airport and headed back home. The rest of the kids did a good job of getting ready to go and cleaning up breakfast etc. The problem started when I started up the van. The "check engine" light came on for the first time ever. I checked things out the best I could. The car seemed fine, but I wasn't super excited about starting a 1,400 mile trip with some unknown car problem. I figured we could get it checked out after the orthodontist appointment and hope for the best. We got to the orthodontist and found out the appointment wasn't for another hour. That gave us time to get the car checked out. They said it was an EVAP system leak which wouldn't be an issue with our drive. I was relieved that it wasn't something that had to be fixed before we left! After that, things went well. The kids had their orthodontist appointment and we finally left the area around noon. It was a late start, but could have been a lot worse.
It was an uneventful day, just drove through Indiana and stopped for the night in Georgetown KY. We're staying Mainstay Suites. It seems nice so far. Just got here. It's clean and updated and the staff was nice. Hopefully tomorrow we'll actually have some fun stops!
Fort Harrod - first settlement in Kentucky
After driving by some beautiful horse farms in Lexington, we arrived at our first stop - Fort Harrod. This fort is a recreation of the first settlement in Kentucky. The man who the fort is named after selected the location and was an integral part of the settlement. He died under unknown circumstances after going missing on a hunting expedition and never returning.
Being the off-season there was only one person working there when we arrived. This worked out well for us, because we were on a tight schedule and the self-guided pace worked well for us. It was interesting to see the different buildings within the fort and try to imagine what life may have been like. The cemetery is the oldest in Kentucky (over 500 years old). Most of the graves are marked with plain, unmarked, stones. There is a huge tree here, that was a grand champion until the trunk split. It's still an impressive tree. Also, on site is a museum mansion that was closed and the cabin that Abraham Lincoln's parents were married in (also closed).