I’ve already posted about the 3 days we spent in Nashville (here and here) so I’m back to share the last of our week vacation. We spent the end of the week in Louisville, KY for the Louisville Slugger factory and museum and then made our way to the Cincinnati, OH area to visit the Creation Museum.
DAY 4: We left Nashville in the morning and drove 3.5 hours up to Louisville, KY with the only destination being the Louisville Slugger Museum and Bat Factory. We got there easily enough, ate a quick lunch and got started on the Museum. We took at tour of the factory first – no pictures allowed, something about trade secrets… blah blah – but we loved it. We learned about how they used to make bats by hand and it took 30 minutes for someone who had mastered the art and now they can make something like 15 identical bats for a professional player in 7 minutes. There are so many different sizes, weights, paints, stains, burnings, and engravings available and we got to hold several different models. We also picked up some of their trash as a souvenir. It wasn’t actually trash, just the left over spindles on the bats that are cut off at the very end of the process. The Museum itself was interesting to walk through as well. Forest got to hold one of Derek Jeter’s bats (much to the jealousy of his sister) and there were several displays with interesting facts about how bats have changed over the years. We, of course, couldn’t leave without stopping by the gift shop and ordering custom made bats. Forest couldn’t resist getting one with his own signature and it looks pretty cool so I don’t blame him. And I got one engraved with “Johnson Family 2015”. We’ve added both, along with the cutest little ‘baby’s first bat’, to the growing collection we have in the basement. Now we just need to get a rack that holds more than one bat! We left Louisville and drove the 2 extra hours to just-outside-of-Cincinnati so we could spend the next day at the Creation Museum.
DAY 5: We got to The Creation Museum as they were opening in the morning and spent nearly the whole day there. The tickets you purchase are good for 2 days at the museum. We only had 1 day available and that was good enough to see everything inside. We missed out on seeing the gardens, the zip line and the petting zoo but it was raining and cold, the zip lines weren’t open yet, and it wasn’t spring so we didn’t feel like we missed anything. I don’t have any pictures from inside the museum and the only reason I have is that I was too intrigued to read all of the plaques and displays. We saw 2 different planetarium shows (tickets cost extra for those but they were totally worth it). We spent hours checking out fossils and other displays and even more hours walking through the 7 C’s of History (Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, Consummation) where we got to see the Garden of Eden, Noah and a life-size portion of the Ark, details about the flood, and so much more. It was really cool to walk through the museum and see history come to life. I would absolutely recommend going if you can!
And that wraps up our vacation! We drove back to Indiana after the Creation Museum, spent the next day visiting grandparents and hanging out with our families, packed everything in the Traverse (all of our souvenirs, Indie and all that we took with her, our luggage AND as much of the baby shower gifts that we could fit), and headed back to NJ Sunday morning. It was a whirlwind of a week but we loved it!
Until next time — Cindy Johnson