OCTOBER 28, 2013 (Monday)
We got up around 8:30 AM and had time to have a cup of tea and a visit with Kathy. Bobby had already gone to work (around 7:30 AM). We also got to say goodbye to all the dogs.
While we were visiting with Kathy and Bobby, they had suggested we go to Lynchburg to visit the Jack Daniels Distillery, so that’s what we planned on doing today. We left around 9:30 AM, after Kathy showed us her little green MG car. Very cute.
We stopped in some small town, I think Columbia, and got Taco Bell for brunch. Just wanted a little something. We were hoping to have lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s in Lynchburg. Another Kathy and Bobby recommendation. We got into Lynchburg around 11:45 AM. They had two tour options – one free and one that cost around $10.00 per person. We opted to take the free one because it was set to leave quicker and we are cheap.
The tour was led by Jon, a nice man born and raised in Lynchburg and very hard to understand; he mostly spoke southern. There were people from France, Missouri, New York, Tennessee, and Kentucky in our group. We got to tour the office of Jack Daniel, where they make the charcoal, where they make the mash, and where they make and bottle the whiskey. Very interesting. We were also told that once a month every employee gets a bottle of whiskey when they get paid. Looks like a fun place to work, and it’s a lovely facility. They do a lot of green things – like selling off the used barrels, the used charcoal, and the used grains. The tour ended conveniently close to the gift shop, where Michael bought a large bottle of Gentleman Jack, ($51.).
After the tour we tried to go to Miss Mary Bobo’s but it was almost 1:30 PM. According to some paperwork we saw at the Jack Daniel facility, they only have two seatings, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Also, the parking lot and everything around it was full so we didn’t even try to go inside this trip.
We left and drove and drove. We opted to go the back roads to Crossville. We figured it would take around 3 hours. We saw some beautiful countryside, some hollows, small towns, poverty, mansions, a little bit of everything. We even saw some turkey vultures hovering over a deer carcus.
The South is very beautiful this time of year. The drive was really enjoyable.
We got back to Crossville around 3:30 PM and stopped at Ryan’s Restaurant for dinner. It’s a buffet type place. Pretty good. I was bad and had a small piece of carrot cake and a small bowl of ice cream after I had eaten salads and chicken. Also, they had the best green beans I’ve had in a long time. Very tasty and very garlicky.
After dinner we went over to Walmart and Michael got his new computer. He even managed to save $20.00 more when he saw the exact same one he bought on line, cheaper in the store. While he was doing that, Lexi and I went and got some eggs and yogurt for breakfast.
We are now full and comfortable in our home. That was our day. Hope yours was great!