Jack Daniel’s Distillery

Last week, Mom and I went to the Jack Daniel’s Distillery.  It is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and is located in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

They use limestone spring water, corn, rye, and Barley to make the sour mash.  The liquid is filtered through charcoal one drop at a time for mellowing.  Then it is played in a wooden barrel for at least 4 years.

After 4 years, the barrel is opened and tested by professional tasters.  They decide if the whiskey is ready or if it needs to spend a few more years in the barrel.

Belize City, Belize

After Honduras, we went to Belize.  I spent the morning at Starfish Island and yes I did see starfish.

This was my first experience with starfish, so of course I had to touch them.  I was surprised they didn’t react at all.  They just laid there doing their starfish stuff.

The afternoon was spent wondering around Belize City, which is the capital of Belize.

 

Hiking in Honduras

Last week, I went on a seven day cruise.  Our first stop was in Honduras where I spent the day hiking through Eco Park.

The park is full of monkeys, birds, and other fun animals.  There is one monkey that the guides named Billy and he is rather feisty.  Billy will jump on people, open their backpacks, and then steal their stuff.  While we were there, Billy managed to grab someone’s water bottle.  He then climbed into the trees, opened the bottle, and began to drink the water.  I couldn’t help but laugh at his ingenuity.

During the hike we had to cross a suspension bridge.  I’ve seen bridges like this in movies, but never had the opportunity to cross one myself.  The bridge rocked back and forth as I walked across it, but I found the experience rather exhilarating.

I was also able to see Mayan ruins during the hike.  The guide did a wonderful job explaining the statues and their meaning.

I learned about the importance of hand placement in the Mayan culture.  For example, holding one hand up with the palm out and the other hand down with the palm up, is the symbol for peace and love.

After our hike, we headed downtown to visit the local shops and do a little more exploring.

Bill’s Honey Farm

Bill’s Honey Farm is located in Meridianville, Alabama.  The friendly owner is willing to talk to visitors about his bees and his operation.  He also sells fresh honey and candles made from beeswax.

Bill’s Honey Farm is a great place to visit if you want to learn more about bees and would like to get a close up look at a beehive without getting stung.