We’re not traveling as much in our fifth wheel anymore so I thought it would be fun to relive some of our most memorable days from previous RV trips.
On this day eleven years ago, November 7, 2008, we were camped at the Kentucky Horse Park, a beautiful state park in Lexington, Kentucky. What a contrast from the week before when we were camped awning to awning in a large parking lot in Jacksonville, Florida to attend the Georgia/Florida college football game. After traveling through Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee, we traded the crowded parking lot for a large campsite in a quiet natural setting. We were in Lexington to attend the Georgia/Kentucky SEC football game at Commonwealth Stadium at the University of Kentucky.
The game wasn’t until Saturday so as always we wanted to explore the area. It was raining when we woke up that day so what would be better than taking a drive along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and touring a distillery. As we drove along the fall colors were gorgeous and we passed some beautiful horse farms.
We stopped at the Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg for a tour. It was our first distillery tour and very interesting. There were about 22 warehouses filled with barrels of whiskey ageing in the charred barrels. Each barrel is only used once and after they are used the barrels are shipped to distilleries in Ireland to be used to age Irish whiskey. Little did we know that one day we would be touring the Jameson Distillery and see Wild Turkey barrels there!.
After we returned to the campground I walked by this old barn in the park as I was taking my afternoon walk.
We attended the football game on Saturday, and on Sunday we enjoyed touring the museums and seeing the horses up close at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Welcome to the next post in my series highlighting states we have visited throughout the years. I hope you will enjoy coming along for the ride!
I will be featuring the states alphabetically. The next state is the Bluegrass State –
Kentucky became the 15th state on June 1, 1792 and the capital is Frankfort.
When I think of the Bluegrass state I think of horses, bourbon, and Colonel Sanders famous Kentucky Fried Chicken. We never got a chance to visit the original Kentucky Fried Chicken but we did get to experience horses and bourbon and a whole lot more.
Late one fall we set up camp at the Kentucky Horse Park State Park near Lexington. Seeing these magnificent horses was the highlight of our visit to the area.
One very overcast day we left the horse park for a scenic drive by many beautiful horse farms and a tour of the Wild Turkey Distillery located right beside the Kentucky River.
Until we visited the Elk and Bison Prairie in the Land Between the Lakes I never knew that bison once roamed in this area of the United States.
The Land Between the Lakes has been a perfect stop over for us several times in our wandering. It doesn’t get much better than camping near a body of water and Canal Campground in the Land Between the Lakes is one of our favorite Corps of Engineers park.
Located in central Kentucky, Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system known in the world. There are many options for guided tours of the cave. Above ground the scenery is beautiful with hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.
Our favorite places to camp are the campgrounds with a view. There’s nothing like waking up with a view outside the RV or sitting outside in the evening enjoying the scenery around us. We’ve enjoyed campgrounds with views of spectacular mountains, glaciers, forests, and all kinds of water.
For us, the best camping is beside a river, mountain stream, lake, or any body of water for that matter.
We enjoy watching the different water craft go by.
Moon rising at Ortona COE in Labelle, FL
We watched boats going through the lock at Ortona
We sat in our campsite and watched barges on the Mississippi River at Tom Sawyer RV Park in West Memphis, Arkansas
Coal barge going down the Mississippi River from our campsite at Tom Sawyer RV Park
Sometimes we see wildlife.
White Pelicans behind Sunset Isle RV Park in Cedar Key, FL
Egret on the deck behind our campsite at Sunset Isle RV Park in Cedar Key, FL
Pair of Bald Eagles across the canal at Ortona
Blondie loves it when she gets a chance to go swimming.
Blondie swimming behind our campsite at Petersburg COE
Blondie swimming in Lake Ontario at Golden Hill State Park, NY
We love watching the sun rise and set over the water.
Sunrise over the Mississippi River at Tom Sawyer RV Park
Sunrise over Lake Barkley, Kentucky from Canal COE
Sunset at Petersburg COE on J. Strom Thurmond Lake, Appling, GA
Sunset over J. Percy Priest Lake from Seven Points Campground