Some places like to be somewhere else too much. Some restaurants try too hard – more aioli? Some gardens try too hard – I had no idea Milwaukee and ___ were so similar!
Kentucky not so much – it seems at peace with itself. I missed the Kentucky Derby, the same weekend I was in nearby Cincinnati. At Covington/Northern Kentucky Int’l Airport, there was more than one excited woman carrying her derby hat in a special box, her man helping with her luggage!
And a southern accent took over just south of Cincinnati. Photos from 5/2-3/2014 –
From I-64 (21 years old) and I-65 (9 years old – don’t ask the year – enroute to my father’s last USAF post), I saw two swaths of this state and was impressed. Never have been back.
But so glad I returned, feet on the ground this time.
The simple, tasteful planting and all that green made it.
Our tour was not quite full, and being at the end of the line, there were 3 places with samples left. And extras we did!
I even found bourbon ball recipes online that look to match; maybe some local pecans to top them with?
There’s nothing like being yourself in an understated manner. My first time on the ground in a state that’s not far behind the target of the assorted comments we’ve all heard about Alabama, “#47” New Mexico, Louisiana, etc. Kentucky seems to do it’s thing. And like I know many like the scent of a magnolia, the kick of green chile, or biegnets after zydeco…Kentuckians probably know a few of their attributes such as their scenery, horses, or bourbon are something to behold. They are friendly, too, and that coming from a friendly place.
This went on for miles, until we reached Lexington.
A kind police officer turned us on to an incredible route.
As opposed to spring in the high desert; the day I flew out, a huge layer of dust hung like fog over all of New Mexico and west Texas.
At the UK campus, there were several places where a pair of chairs were laid out, sun and shade. A nice touch for someone like me, to be sure. Will need to repeat this!
I have many more images from that drive and campus trip. They should appear over time.