Do you recognize this two thousand year-old Mayan temple from Mexico’s northern Yucatan? We wouldn’t think so, because it isn’t Mayan, and certainly isn’t in Mexico.
This way-off-the-beaten-track ruin is the 150 year-old Mt. Savage Iron Furnace which produced pig iron in northeastern Kentucky in the mid 19th Century. This little-known industry and the iron that it produced were an important part of American history.
Unusual landmarks like these furnaces are exactly the kind of backroad sights we love discovering in our summer travels. From an unexpected nude beach and gypsy queen’s grave, to campside “frisky” buffalo and the backwoods homestead of a Pulitzer Prize winning author.
Summer officially arrived a few days ago, and thanks to Canadian cooling and jet stream gyrations we’ve had day-after-glorious-day of near record low temperatures. July’s inevitable heat and humidity won’t hold off much longer, so our first thought was: “Let’s go camping!” Which is exactly what we’re doing this very minute.
So if you think you’d like to sleep in a wigwam, face down a grizzly, gaze upon some giant American folk heroes, or see how some coastal residents turn hurricane damage into art, then we’ve got you covered. For the next few weeks, we’ll be dusting off some of our favorite posts from previous trips and hope you’ll follow along.
James & Terri