Wednesday, March 12, 2008

March Break - Day 4 - Car Wash, Weapons & Burgers

Indianapolis > Columbus, IN > Louisville, KY

Having spent three nights in Indianapolis, it was time to go south to Louisville. Tina had packed as much as possible the night before, so the morning went incredibly smooth. Loaded up the van and drove out in search of a car wash.

Our van was covered in dried up salt from the drive down I-75 in Ohio. I had enough of it, so I stopped by a Mike Express Carwash. The residents of Indianapolis take their car washing seriously. A person greets you and asks you what type of car wash do you want. Then two people spray your car before you enter the wash. The car wash is impressive with a hot air drying system that completely dries your car. Our car was clean, finally.

We continued down US31 towards Columbus, Indiana, an internationally recognized and architecturally significant community. Columbus has an amazing inventory of architecture - from historic to modern. The new jail looks anything like a jail. The community is a gem.

About an hour later, we arrived (via I-65) in Louisville, Kentucky. It was only 12:30 pm so it was too early to check-in at the hotel. We decided to check out the Frazier International History Museum, located in downtown Louisville.

We parked in a surface lot under I-71 (flat rate of $5.00), and walked up and over a block to the museum. The Frazier Museum is dedicated to exhibition of arms and related artifacts. There are two collections: Britain's Royal Armouries (the only collection outside of Britain); and the Permanent Collection, which focuses on America between the 16th and 20th centuries.

There are plenty of displays of weapons and armoury plus videos, life-size exhibits and live performances by costumed interpreters. A tournament ring on the 3rd floor is used to show various types of hand and sword combat. Pictures without flashes are permitted, so be sure to have a camera that takes good indoor pictures without a flash.

For the most part, the boys enjoyed the museum, but lost interest until the two-hand sword live show. For older kids and adults there is plenty to see, read and learn. The museum is reasonably priced and offers a discount to CAA/AAA members. It is located a block west of the Louisville Science Center and kitty corner from the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory (the one with the tall bat out front).

We spent about 3 hours at the museum, walked back to the van and found our way to I-64. About 10 or so minutes later, we arrived at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites in Jeffersontown, KY. Before checking in, we grabbed a bite to eat the nearby Ruby Tuesday. Tina, Corbin and I had burgers and Jeremy had macaroni and cheese. Every one loved their early supper.

Posted by Adam

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