30 August-4 September.
We found a great spot in a Corps of Engineer Canal C.G in Grand Rivers at the North entrance to LBL.
The C.G has 110 sites, some pull through, some with full hook ups and some only water/electricity connections, regular price 20$ and 10$ for Golden Age Pass (so there are some advantages for being elderly….)
Grand Rivers is an ideal destination for anyone that likes the outdoors, boating, hiking, wants to see good theatre show ,eat well or just taking it easy taking scenic drives along the lakes.
Grand Rivers has a population of 350 but hosts the famous Pettis Village including a restaurant that serves the best huge 2” thick Pork Chops it also has great shows in the local theatre called Badgett Playhouse *, we went to both.
As it was Labour long week end there were many things going around: Fests, Parade and Concerts so we did a schedule to be able to see them all.
As you can see Grand Rivers is small but has all you need to enjoy the outdoors, Theatre, Gourmet food and most important people that let you feel at home when you are away from home.
At the center of LBL there is a prairie were Elks and Bison’s roam and this is surly on our list, so as you can see our hands are full, NO DAY OFF SINCE WE RETAIRED….
Information Center-Kim the lady that is running the center was kind enough to direct us to all the interesting places we should visit and attend she also invited us into the aircondioned center and let us use the WiFi (it was like 100F outside), later we found out that she told Bill Minihan the owner of the Budgett Playhouse that we will be coming to the Patty Clien’s show *(see 2 September to find out about the surprise).
*Bought Tickets to the Budgett Playhouse.
* Jetty to see the sunset.
Beautiful sunset from the Jetty in Grand Rivers.
*Pettis restaurant (2” thick pork chops) it was so large we had to share one Pork Chop plate for both of us… -EXCELENT, Put this on your bucket list as a MUST EAT…
Pettis Restaurant in Grand Rivers KY 2” Pork Chop.
Grand Loop from Grand Rivers to Cadiz-Bison Elk Prairie-Grand Rivers, with multiply stops and side trips.
Maybe it was too hot but we managed to see only few Elks and one Bison even though we made more than one run through the loop.
Elk in Land between the Lakes prairie.
Paducah KY-The town is located Just 30 minutes west from Grand Rivers where the Tennessee River joins the Ohio River
In the beautiful downtown area near the river we found an old Bakery (had breakfast there),antique shops, impressive old buildings and fantastic Murals telling the history of the town painted on the wall that protects the city from flooding.
In uptown artists from all over North America found a friendly place to show their arts and by that attract tourist to this area.
Badgett Playhouse Grand Rivers-KY
Shula in front the BADGETT THEATERE IN GRAND RIVERS.
We have purchased tickets to Patsy Cline’s show in advance (the great singer that died in a plane crash when she was only 30 years old) and I am glad we did that as the Theatre was completely full .
Before the show started together with some advertisements there were titles running on the screen welcoming new people that joined the theatre Season pass and Patron’s pass ,following these titles suddenly we see a title saying “Welcome to Danny and Ursula from Israel” beside the mistake in my wife’s name we did not believe our eyes, we did not give this information to the cashier while buying the tickets????
As if this is not enough just before the show started Bill (the owner) said a few words about the future theatre shows and plans and then said “we welcome our friends from Israel Danny and Ursula, let’s give them a hand. Please show yourselves”…so here we are rising while audience is clapping hands-Wow that was something we have never experienced before but surly appreciated it very much.
At the interval people came over and showed interest on our travels, we felt welcomed and among friends-Thank you all.
We grew up on Patsy Cline’s songs and when I closed my eyes I could swear that I am actually listening to her and not to Erica (Complement..) that is blessed with an outstanding voice, It is a MUST ++ DO NOT MISS.
Erica the magnificent in action…..
Bill and Sara invited us for tomorrows show and gave us the best sits in the theatre, what a couple….they both are very talented and a part of the cast ,Sara not only dances ,sings and acts but she also is the chorographer and does the all the costumes herself…(wonder women).
We started the day by visiting the Grand Rivers artist Fair where 90 venders showed their merchandise, it was organized very well; unfortunately it was too hot and humid so people stayed only for a limited time.
At 7PM we drove down to the Budgett Theatre to see Variety show, music, memories and more, it was 2hours of Branson style great entertainment that we enjoyed very much.
We said goodbyes to Sara and Bill, exchanged E-mails hoping to see them again in the future.
In January 2012 they will adding a new addition to their family nest- Mazal Tov(Good Luck in Hebrew).
Bill & Sara Minihan (the owners),Shula ,Erica (a great singer with a divine voice).
A kind of “a day off” just before we hit the road to Nashville.
Getting some supplies, checking E-mail, visiting the city Dam and taking it easy.
For the last few day the weather was around the 90’s and it was tough to stay out of the air-condition but today finally it became cooler-what a relief.
All in all we enjoyed very much these last 5 days in Grand Rivers and the Land between the Lakes, it is surely one of the most beautiful places in Kentucky.