It's been a while. ......Again.
I had a WONDERFUL time in my travels through Kentucky. I have also fallen in love with the state of Kentucky and everyone in it. At least Western Kentucky, where we spent most of our time. Lil Bro #2 and I left on a Sunday morning and returned home the following Saturday night, splitting the actual driving over two days each way.
Some trip highlights:
We saw some really exciting road signs whilst driving through Ohio.
Once we got to Paducah, KY, I felt like an blundering fool every time I opened my mouth to speak to someone because they all talk fancy and I'm from New Jersey.
The second day there, we happened upon a moonshine distillery. While my brother took photos, I sampled everything they had, purchased some of their delicious wares,
and walked out rather less steadily than I had walked in.
Lil Bro#2 insisted on visiting every single antique shop in Paducah. I counted an absurd number of racist cookie jars.
I also somehow managed not to spend a ton of money and ended up buying only a book on the history of Paducah.
Our third day in Kentucky, we visited the Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland, which JD Wilkes recommended. I think this might have been my favourite part of the whole trip. It is artwork constructed entirely out of bad puns, and it is hilarious. Keith the owner/artist is lovely, and even though it was kind of freezing out by the time we got there, he took the time to give us the full tour.
The next day we went exploring in the Land Between the Lakes, but couldn't see much as the roads were a bit too snowy for my car. Thursday we went to Nashville to visit Lil Bro#1. I bought new cowboy boots and a Stetson hat. Lil Bro#1 is there for a semester of nothing but music-making. His "school" is basically a giant stage with a very nice sound system and a bunch of recording studios, and all they do is make music and perform music. I'm jealous.
We sent a nice photo home to the parents.
|I feel like a whale. I try to cover it up with clothing 2 sizes too large.|
We left Paducah early Friday morning and drove to the Maker's Mark Distillery.
Lil Bro#2, who does not drink, really wanted to go there. I obviously had no objections. It was a pretty cool place. When the zombie apocalypse happens, I will be there, behind the retaining wall I just built.
There was some really nice artwork in one part, a glass ceiling that ran the length of one hallway near the tasting room.
We got to taste whisky at the end of the tour.
Which is why Lil Bro#2 drove the rest of the way to the motel in West Virginia.
OMG YOU GUYS
Tudor's Biscuit World is like the greatest thing that ever happened. I'd move to West Virginia just for that.
Our final day of travelling was relatively uneventful, though we are now planning a day trip along Route 78 in Pennsylvania, because I have never seen so many bizarre roadside attractions in one place. (We will be ending at Weyerbacher, and Lil Bro#2 will be driving home.)
Another post soon maybe.......