Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Ridin' the Rails

To set the mood ... listen to Tennessee Ernie Ford's coal mining classic:
Sixteen Tons
Ya load 16 tons -- whaddya get?
Another day older and deeper in debt.
St. Peter don't ya call me cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company stoooohhh...

We hopped aboard the Big South Fork Scenic Railway and took a ride into Kentucky's past.

Stops along the way:

Stearns Coal & Lumber logo
And what a view!
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area has a photo gallery that actually does justice to the scenery.

Mae Dean and Wendell ridin' the rails with their travel mascot

The photo above was taken by the person in front of us on the train. Since it's slightly out of focus, it's what I call a Doris Day photo. In some of the later movies Doris Day made, she was playing parts that were supposed to be much younger than she was at the time. The cinematographer's solution for the closeups was to have them slightly out of focus so her wrinkles, etc., were not as obvious as they would have been if they were in focus. I actually think lots of such closeups in many movies were done this way to have the appearance of more perfect human beings much like airbrushing portraits so they do not reveal "flaws."

See our photos on flickr:
Big South Fork Scenic Railway

Wanna know even more?The Perpetual Vacationers: Kentucky's coal heritage

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