Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Kentucky Chronicles - Day 4

This'll have to be quick, since checkout's in an hour. Maybe I'll post part II tonight.

Spent Sunday night at the Combs Motel in Hazard. Combs is a huge name in Kentucky, and while I understand not all Combs are alike, let's just say Mr. Combs' comments about the Civil Rights Movement reminded me that not everyone thinks progress is progress. That's all I'll say.

Well, and that I ate at Applebee's twice on Sunday -- and not even different Applebee's, the same one. I don't know whether that says more about me, or Hazard.

Monday morning, I went to the Perry County Library in Hazard and photocopied $5 worth of information on the area and era I'm interested in. Then I hopped in my car and drove a few hours to Pineville, where I spent the night near Cumberland Gap at Pine Mountain State Park Resort.

The area is gorgeous and I drove and hiked through areas that made me want to breathe deeply.

I'm headed north toward Lexington today -- might go halfway or so. Tomorrow at 1 I have an interview with Linda (a former Combs!) in the genealogy section of the History Museum. I'm hoping she can round out her cousin's perspective a little.

At least her cousin had some awesome gourds on display.

You bet I coveted the horn. Plan on making one next year now. Save me a long piece if you've got one.


Anonymous said...

That picture of the trees is exactly what I pictured in my head and what I see when you write. Use it well sister.



Natalie N said...

Anjie, what a great journal from your trip! It was fun to go backwards on your blog and read about the awesome brown robe hotel owner and the supposed Boone head. Yikes!

I really enjoyed reading these entries because I had no idea how much work goes into novels. And you know me, I'm not a novel kind of girl, so you better bet I'll be buying a copy of (and READING!) your book someday. After reading about your setting and getting a glimpse into what you're writing about, I'm intrigued! Do keep us posted on how your work is coming. Sounds like you had quite a successful trip! Welcome home!