Category Archives: Kentucky

Kentucky basketball fans are dedicated!

If you have ever been to Lexington, Kentucky you know they are serious about their basketball. How serious?!

This video shows the appropriately named “tent city” that forms each September around the University where fans camp for at least three days before the release of tickets to the first University of Kentucky basketball open practice called midnight madness! Yes- you read that correctly – practice! Not game! It’s more of a show these days than an actual practice but none the less wildcat fans are dedicated!

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10204861987098385&l=8799528402123672839

Love letter to the world…A very cool Art/Tattoo project. #LLTTW

Travelers going to burning man or just interested in a very cool art project check out “Love Letter to The World” by artists Kurt and Kremena of Lexington, Kentucky. Following the huge success of the Lexington Tattoo Project, Love Letter to the world is a “video artwork that combines poetry, tattoos, music, photography, spoken word, storytelling, and global connections.”

Check it out or become part of it.

http://kurtandkremena.com/project/love-letter-world
website-Derek Wingfield

Weekly photo challenge- threes

I decided to jump into the Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge with cool things from my home of Lexington, Ky. One of the coolest thing we have in Lexington in recent years is an abundance of amazing murals. Local and international artists have blessed this town with amazing art in all areas of town.

This mural is part of a bigger mural project called “The Giant Storybook Project” in which Lexington is home to two of the 13 murals that are around the world.

http://www.ket.org/cgi-bin/cheetah/watch_video.pl?nola=kkyli+001816&altdir&template

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The American Road Trip everyone but Americans take

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While traveling around the world last year our family often met people who loved to travel, had been traveling or were about to travel. It was a common topic that bonded us to strangers in foreign lands while sitting in airports, restaurants, camper parks, and queues.

What often struck me was how many travelers from other countries, especially Australians, come to America and do a trip that most Americans have never done. We heard the itinerary over and over again. It was often the same and maybe varied in a stop or two, or by the amount of time they  took, but the flow of the trip was usually the same. Here is the sample itinerary:

Fly into New York (Always a destination.)

Drive, train or Bus down the Coast To Washington, DC (Always stop here.)

Drive, train or bus to Atlanta, Georgia (Always a destination! Token southern city.)

Drive, train or bus to Florida (Various locations from Disney to Miami.)

Drive,train or bus to New Orleans,Louisiana (Always a Destination, Token music and food city.)

Fly To Colorado (If ski season.)

Visit The Grand Canyon/Arches National Park, etc.

Drive to Las Vegas (Always a Destination. It wouldn’t be America if they didn’t go to Vegas!)

Drive, Train, bus to Los Angeles/Hollywood (Always a destination.)

Stop in Hawaii

Fly Home

(Sometimes this trip is in reverse order.)

Wow! We heard it from people over and over. Young students taking a summer trip before they start work, couples coming to explore America, and retirees taking a vacation.  The concept of a North American Tour was normal for people from other countries but being American, I had never thought of the “North American Tour” on such a grand scale.

Most Americans would be hard-pressed to drive their family to Florida for Spring Break and would never think to stop and look around on the way to get there.  Seeing the idea of the American Tour makes me think about the way I  live in the United States now that we are back.  I will try to appreciate our travels even if it is just out of the county – and not the country.

We tackled the 3 week drive across the country to start our year of traveling. We drove from Kentucky to Los Angeles and sold our car before hopping on a plane to start our Round-The-World adventure. We rafted the Grand Canyon, drove through Kansas, took in a baseball game in St Louis, MO. and saw Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. It was epic and taught us a lot about traveling before we left our home soil.  I saw it as the start of our adventure. But I have plenty more to go!

I challenge my fellow Americans to try to hit the States on the above list if you haven’t already. Then try to hit all fifty!  Explore your home and surrounding areas! When we can’t travel abroad for whatever reason… travel closer to home.

Traveling is a way of life that can be enjoyed in foreign countries – or right here in the USA!

Southern Charm

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#ramsey’s #food Lexington,Ky

Our Favorite local restaurant is closing it’s doors after many years in the same building.Moving out of the neighborhood…things just won’t be the same. You’ll still be able to come to Lexington and get a great Ramsey’s hot brown.  Just not in it’s original location.

The gift of Travel- Thank you Honey for the best gift ever!!!!!

photoIt was our first Christmas home after two years of having Christmas’s on the road. Even though our time on the road had taught us to be more frugal and buy less we still found an awful lot of stuff under the tree on Christmas morning. Everyone was all smiles but there were shrieks of joy and surprise when we opened the huge surprise gift my awesome hubby gave us.

The gift was wrapped the same. There was one for each of us. We were told to open them at the same time. The kids managed to rip them open first and I knew it was something big. I saw the black book first. It was a cover for our well worn dive logs that we used on our recent Round the World adventure. When I opened it, out fell a paper detailing a trip booked for Spring Break to Bonaire, the shore diving capital of the world.  Each of had a different Bonaire guide book or dive information. It was amazing.

I have never been surprised with a vacation before and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I was getting so antsy to travel that I found myself constantly planning hypothetical trips. After a year on the road we had returned to the hustle and bustle of our Kentucky lives. School, sports, and family commitments now dominated our free time and we found making the time to travel abroad getting harder and harder.

We learned from the “Big trip” that in order to make it happen  you really just have to commit to the trip  and make it a priority. The other commitments will work out. Sometimes it is nice to have someone do that organizing for you!  What a gift! Thank you David for making the commitment for us. We are all thrilled!!!

Diving is our family’s passion. We did over 25 dives on our Round the World trip. (Read my post at 72andrising to learn about why we love diving with our kids!  http://72andrising.com/scuba-diving-best-family-sport-round-world-adventure/  )   Bonaire has some of the best shore diving in the world. Meaning one can rent a truck, drive to a dive site and go in right from the beach. No boats or guides needed. I can’t wait. I’m excited and ready for advice and suggestions from all who have traveled there!!!

In the mean time, I’ll be posting from the South as I’ll probably hit several southern states before we leave!!!  Merry Christmas!!

10 Signs You Married a Kentuckian

1. You know the words to “My Old Kentucky Home”.

2. You have a large collection of Maker’s Mark bottles on a shelf in your house as decor.

3. You were given the “honorary status” as a Kentucky Colonel  as a Christmas gift and have your certification framed and hung in your office.

4. You can make a Derby pie and Mint Julep without a recipe.

5. You have given up allegiance to all other teams and know that the Kentucky Wildcats are the Greatest Team in College Basketball History.  As evidence, you have the current Kentucky Wildcats basketball team poster up somewhere in your house- and you know the names of at least five players.

6. You know how to make a homemade mornay cheese sauce for a Hot Brown. Even though it will never be like his Mom’s.

7. At least a third of your wardrobe is blue  (or red if from Louisville) even if neither of you ever went to the  University.

8. You are a competent handicapper and know the difference between a Daily Double, Pick Three, Exacta Box, Superfecta, and Part Wheel.

9. You’ve tried Burgoo and you always say it’s great.

10. You know exactly what happens on the first Saturday in May and don’t need to Google it.