Monday, October 29, 2007

This is an Adventure

So many things have happened over the last four days that I feel I should make a list so as to not bore you.
1. Friday - All of us from the Jackson house went up to McReary Co. to see what the locals call a "moonbow". A moonbow is created only on nights of a full moon near the Cumberland Falls in southern Kentucky. The moonlight reflects off the mist of the waterfall at just the right angle to form a rainbow....a MOONBOW if you will. Moonbows occur only at the Cumberland Falls. No where else on earth do moonbows occur on a regular basis. They used to happen at Victoria falls as well (that's in Africa), but due to a recent earthquake, Southeast Kentucky has become the only place in all of God's green goodness that a moonbow happens. It looked like a wispy white band in the mist, which bore lightly all the colors of the rainbow. When the moon crept out of the clouds, the moonbow appeared in the mist. David even convinced me to dance around the moonbow with him and several of the other CAP volunteers. There were 42 of us there total dancing around the moonbow....we got some looks, but the moonbow demands dancing. Obviously.

2. Saturday during the day. We went for a hike down near the Cumberland falls. Actually, we went under it. A group of us went (unadvisedly) up the beach, until we reached the bottom of the falls. We climbed and shimmied our way up the wet rocks until we were directly under the falls. David kept urging me to come out farther, but then we both slipped and started to slide down the wet rocks toward the roaring falls. We skidded to a stop and then strategically retreated back up to the safe pathways. A woman among the crowd came up to us and said..."just tell me one thing...(dramatic pause)...what was it like under those falls?" We replied, "....misty..."

3. Saturday. After the hike, we traveled to the town of Corbin to visit the ORIGINAL KFC RESTAURANT. It was originally called the Sanders Cafe, as is marked by the bronze historical marker outside the restaurant. Stepping inside this cultural center, this unrivaled eatery, this educational experience about the birthplace of the famous 11 spices in the Colonel's magical chicken, I felt the chills go through my spine! Then I step up to the counter and gleefully shout out my order...."Number 2 please!"...Then we feasted, and what a feast! Fit for the Colonel himself, actually it was just your basic KFC with a KFC museum attached. Apparently, Colonel Sanders (Harland....his first name was Harland), started making his chicken for customers of his hotel. Harland was quite the innovator, hotel keeper, restaurant owner, spice mixer, and so on. Anyways, when the new highway was built (I-75), and Harland was over 60 years old, business was taken away from the Sanders Cafe. So, being the innovator he was, Harland set out on a tour of the country, selling his pressure cooked chicken...thus KFC was born. Although, Harland later sued KFC's parent company for destroying his vision, his food, and the image of the restaurant...quite the innovator really.

4. Saturday night - We, the 12 of us from our house, along with about 20 other volunteers from the other houses went to CONTRA DANCING. This time, we knew what we were doing, and we contrad with the rest of the mountain hippies like it was no one's business. Unfortunately, my mountain woman (aka, "hold me tight" lady) was not there. But, there was plenty of gypsying going on. In one particular dance, the ladies had to go into the center to gypsy only the other ladies. Callista was my dancing partner. We always joke that in the gypsy dance, you have to stare deep into the other person's soul! So every time I spun Callista into the middle I said Git that soul now GIIIT it!. When she came back, I'd say, "did you get any souls" and she'd either come back laughing and say, "got one!" or come back looking like she just saw a ghost and say...."Oh, my no...". It was all together entertaining.


quote of the day: G. K. Chesterton. "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried."


Em J. said...

Don't you know better by now? Never listen to David.

Christopher J said...


Having forgotten about your blog until being reminded of it yesterday--like being awakened from a dream you felt somehow lacking--I read this most recent posting eagerly.

In reading it, I couldn't help but get the sense that--and perhaps its the geographical/cultural tone of your new surroundings--you've assumed the personality of the narrator/main-character in Big Fish and consequently we (your readers) must either:

1. Read your postings with a grain of salt; that is, wonder if there is in fact any verity to your musings;

or, 2. Read your postings as if they are somehow metaphysical or perhaps mythical and therefore profoundly true in some sense.

Having acquainted myself with the good doctor's "Sanctifying Myth" I prefer the latter; though, the modern man in me grinds his teeth at the former.


P.S. "The Moonbows" and the rest of the waterfall business sound pretty amazing.

a.e. nee said...

i can't believe you didn't even mention zombies!