Thank you, Christa Jennings, for allowing me to edit my column for this week. I felt that the exciting news events of Tuesday night were worth talking about – even briefly. First – THE BRAVES WON! I quit baseball years ago when the players started striking, but I watched the World Series this year. Thanks, Terry Wilson, for reintroducing me to the nation’s pastime!
Secondly – AMERICA WINS! The election results in Virginia, New Jersey and Minneapolis show a majority of their voters do not approve of the direction we are going in, and they spoke out. These results had to have votes from the independents and moderate Democrats who are realizing the country is being taken over by the Progressive Socialists. And – last comment today – it shows what can happen when the people stand up, get involved and demand changes.
Now to the original column:
What another busy week of traveling for the Wilson/McDade crew! We added my best friend from Mobile to this trip and wore her out! We went back to Gatlinburg for a couple of days to do the things we missed last time. Then, we added a couple of days in Kentucky going to the Creation Museum and The Ark. HOW WONDERFUL! If you have not been to these two venues, figure out how to go! I would love to go back again because I know I missed some information from the overload on my brain!
We came out of these with answers to many questions we had, but we also came out with questions to things we hadn’t even thought about! Watch out, Bro. Jeff Fuller – Ran and I will be wanting to talk to you!
One of the biggest and most exciting pieces of information Ran got was that dinosaurs were on the ark and that dragons are in the Bible! (More info on that to come!) One of the biggest questions we left with is the discrepancies in the age of the Earth. While archaeologists and geologists say it is hundreds of thousands years old, the founder of the Creation Museum/the Ark says he has proof it’s only 6,000 years old. That is a huge gap! His information also says that the seven days of creation were 24-hour days just like we have now. I REALLY have questions on this!
We came back through Cave City to see Mammoth Cave. Our timing was not right to be able to take a tour into the cave, but we did do some exploring and, again, would like to go back. While there we went to the Mammoth Cave Wildlife Museum that looked like it had been there when Lucy, Desi, Fred, and Ethel drove across the country. I know, many of you will have no idea who I am talking about, so just understand it looked like it had been built in the 1950s! But we were very surprised at all the exhibits of the animals they had and how well it was kept up.
Our final stop was Ran’s most favorite! Dinosaur World! Again, we really weren’t expecting it to be very much, but we were blown away! It was 18 acres of life-size dinosaurs of more types than we even imagined existed. And they were well hidden in the wooded areas just like they were still roaming around. There are only three Dinosaur Worlds in the country – the original in Florida, this one in Cave City and one in Glen Rose, Texas. And our pals Shayne and Paula McCollum are in Glen Rose on his work assignment, and they had gone to the one there!
This trip was Terry’s birthday trip to the mountains to see the color changes, and we had thought the last week of October would have been a great time in that area. Unfortunately, the rain and cooler weather were behind schedule for the leaves changing, but we did find some areas that were turning. But we did see some outstanding scenery and had a breath of cooler weather. Now we are home until just before Christmas – unless something else comes available!
It’s been great to see the new activity in Rockford – another restaurant, decorations and the town’s Trick-or-Treat on Main Street. Thanks to all of the people who are turning out to support these activities.
While I still love me some Triple R, I have to say the pizza and sandwiches at Twenty-Two & Crew are worth the wait for them to get open. Totally different menus at each place so it’s not like they are competing against each other. And, I still keep hearing the rumors of a Mexican restaurant and a bakery type place that might have some breakfast food! Now wouldn’t that be GREAT! If we could just get a general store that would sell hardware type items we’d really be moving towards keeping our shopping in Coosa County!
Keep your eyes and ears open for announcements of events coming on Flagg Mountain. Sunny (Nimblewill Nomad) is almost finished with his through hike of the Appalachian Trail. Then he will come back to Flagg to finish his hike of the Appalachian Mountain Range and Pinhoti Trail portion of this “Bama to Baxter” journey. He turned 83 last Saturday and will now hold the age record on all of these trails. And he has been singing the praises of Coosa County and Flagg Mountain all along the way!
Until next week – and I’ll try to get back to news instead of travels. Please continue to pray for our country, state and county! God bless!