After a couple of days of hunkering down in the motorhome with the air conditioner running, we packed up and drove down to Midland where my sister's family lives in the bosom of the Dow Chemical Company. We had a nice visit with them for a couple of days. We discovered that they have a brewpub less than a mile from their house and THEY HAD NEVER BEEN THERE! This was something that needed to be rectified, so I took Tom and David to the pub to try out the libations. The beer turned out to be quite good actually. Tom and I each had a pint while David drank the house root beer (he's old enough to drink but hasn't developed the taste). Then we bought a growler of their Copper Harbor ale to take home and enjoy with dinner. We left the bottle with Tom so he can go back and get refills.
On 1 September, we bid farewell to Michigan and drove down Highway 23 through Ohio. We did not do any sightseeing because Vicki's (admittedly rather minimal) research had indicated that there were essentially no sights to see in Ohio. This brought us to the bluegrass state of Kentucky, where we will be spending a little time. And here we noticed an odd phenomenon. In Ohio people spoke with the standard US Midwestern accent, the language of Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw. The minute you cross the Ohio River into Kentucky, it's like someone flipped a switch. Instantly, everybody says "y'all" and valleys have become "hollers" and before supper you need to "warsh" your hands. It's like we've suddenly been transported to the middle of an episode of Justified. Oh, and if you order a glass of iced tea you need to specify that you do NOT want 6 tablespoons of sugar mixed into it before it arrives at the table.
|Old Olive Hill train depot|
|Bennett's Mill covered bridge|
until the evening, so we drove around the local area a little bit in the afternoon just to see what northern Appalachia looks like in 2013. We saw what is billed as the longest still functioning covered bridge in the world built by a local miller so people could bring their grain across the krick to his mill down in the holler back in 1857 and it is still standing on its original foundation though much of the upper bridge was rebuilt in 2003.
|Open mic night|
|The dulcimer club|