Interstellar Adventures

September 17, 2006

Show & Tell

Filed under: Blast from the Past — by InterstellarLass @ 8:00 pm

Last year I wrote about the various mission trips I went on when I was in high school. This weekend I was looking for a picture for MommaK and her bad hair contest, and I found these! These are from the summer of 1991, and they were taken at the home we worked on during our church mission trip. This was Chavies, Kentucky. If you click through to read about all the work we did, you’ll have to scroll down the page to get to Chavies. If you didn’t read it before, I hope you do now.

Maybe you couldn’t imagine the poverty from my description. Maybe you can’t imagine that people live like this in America. But they do. If you look at the house, imagine a mountainside coming down to meet the house on the left side. And then, on the right side of the house, see how the 2nd car is leaning right? That’s because the mountainside dropped off again to the right. The right side of the house was on stilts.



The picture in front of KMart was taken in Hazard, KY. It was the town closest to Chavies that had a laundromat and fast-food restaurants. I couldn’t figure out why we took a picture here, until I remembered that our group leaders names were Kaye and Mart, hence we were Team KayeMart.


  1. Oh, how cute and beautiful you were….are.

    Comment by Raehan — September 17, 2006 @ 8:26 pm |Reply

  2. your daughter takes after you alot :>)

    Comment by wisbo — September 18, 2006 @ 2:02 am |Reply

  3. it’s scary to think that people in your own country have to live in such poor conditions, we have areas like that in canada as well. makes you wonder with all the tax dollars that our paid in each of our respective countries, why is this even necessary, why aren’t we doing more to help our own?

    Comment by better safe than sorry — September 18, 2006 @ 4:37 am |Reply

  4. Oh my, I can hear the banjos!! I love that little puppy!!! It is truly amazing that people live in the ways they do in this land of plenty. That’s great that you did this work!!!

    Comment by carnealian — September 18, 2006 @ 5:53 am |Reply

  5. Sigh. Great photos, but so depressing… it is criminal for anyone in this country to have to live in such poverty… unacceptable. I saw a bumper sticker the other day which read, “If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention”. Outraged and feeling helpless… not a good combo.

    I think if I had it to do over again, I would have put my first year of college on hold and gone to work up there for the year.


    Comment by kristin — September 18, 2006 @ 7:05 am |Reply

  6. You were so cute! Still are. 🙂 That must have been a real eye opening trip, for sure.

    Comment by Laura — September 18, 2006 @ 7:32 am |Reply

  7. I wont go on a tangent, but HOLY COW! How can we have such poor people in this country. Really we need to WAKE UP!

    maybe I should post on my site about the parents who have gotten together to raise over 650,000 so the kids can have artificial turf to play on and the town is giving them 50,000! I am so MAD, I can’t even compose an email to the town council yet!
    Hello, can’t they play on the friggin’ grass?!?!?!

    The only thing I can see is that it’s safer to play on turf than on grass due to holes, etc. Down here it’s really dry, and we have huge cracks in our soccer fields. But that does seem to be a lot of money for turf!


    Comment by nancy — September 18, 2006 @ 7:58 am |Reply

  8. This reminds me of that documentary on HBO several years ago. I can’t remember the title. American Hollow, maybe? Anyway, riveting but very sad, too. Also, check out Country Boys, a show on PBS a while ago but available on DVD.

    My mother goes to work on a reservation in South Dakota every summer. The poverty is astounding.

    Comment by Gypsy — September 18, 2006 @ 9:12 am |Reply

  9. Oh my gosh, your hair is cute. You look adorable. And as for believing people live like that I don’t actually believe it only because it doesn’t seem possible, but I know that they do. And though I’m embarrassed to say it, I watched an Oprah on poverty and people living in filth. Here, all over the US, that I could have never imagined. It’s amazing how you can become so sheltered. And I don’t even live in one of the “rich” areas, but I had never seen anything like what they showed.

    Comment by Jolynn — September 18, 2006 @ 11:29 am |Reply

  10. I never did anything like that when I was younger! I love the puppy s/he is SOOO cute!!

    Comment by serendipity — September 18, 2006 @ 2:42 pm |Reply

  11. I’m not so sure about the living on the side of a mountain thingy. I mean, if the reason that car was sloping sideways is because of the cliff, then how does the passenger get out safely?

    Comment by shipcreak — September 18, 2006 @ 3:31 pm |Reply

  12. Yeah, that’s real “Foxfire” country. That one picture alone really tells a story – complete with leaning car, hound dog, and bib overalls. Makes me feel totally spoiled.

    Comment by AbbyNormal — September 18, 2006 @ 4:01 pm |Reply

  13. Great work, Lass. I too have seen this kind of poverty – having grown up in the midwest and having lived in the south. I always thought that it would make so much more sense to have the government who paid farmers to either not grow crops or throw the crops away, to instead, give the food/crops to our own poor. What a crazy world we live in.

    Comment by writerchick — September 18, 2006 @ 8:16 pm |Reply

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