Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Finally made it to Kentucky!!!!

It's a pretty day for a drive even though there are no...

Guess this water tower says it all!

One of many lovely homes in the area...This one was small, no...

This one is located in the Double D tract...

As was this pretty little 'pond'....

Let's take a little drive....

The backside of the track near the barns...

This is a cool scenic byway...

Love this shot...

A pretty barn quilt...Most have them in this part of the country...

Took a walk to stretch my legs and I just liked this...

Making a left here on to 168...

We have passed a dozen or more thoroughbred farms...Brood mares and stallions...

Isn't this lovely?

The Endeavor Farm...Just one of many lovely properties in this area....

Loving this!

Wild Turkey time...

Heading inside...

Larry's trying the 101, I got a shot of American Honey, mostly...

Ride on the Wild Turkey anyone????

Photo stop at the distillery...We missed the last tour :(

Time to cross the river & head back home, see you tomorrow!


Wednesday we made a day trip to Lexington, the second-largest city in Kentucky. Known as the "Horse Capital of the World", it is located in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass region. We'd read that the rich pastures of Central Kentucky are where the top racehorses are bred, born, trained, officially registered, bought and sold, retired to stud and buried. We can certainly understand why. Oh my, what a beautiful area!

Our only scheduled Lexington destination was Keeneland. We thought we were visiting the world's leading thoroughbred auction company to take a self-guided tour of the facility. What we didn't realize was this facility has thoroughbred racing twice annually & we were right smack dab in the middle of their October racing season! Cars were pouring onto the property as we arrived and we were so impressed that this beautiful facility had so many folks coming for a tour. City folk, lol!!!

Well, we drove 90 minutes to get here so might as well join in the fun for a bit. We found a shady place to park (Onyx was with us) and entered the grandstand area in time to chat with a couple of jockey's, check out the amazingly beautiful horses, take a few pics of the track & the crowd and watch one race. We didn't have a program so we didn't have a clue what was going on. But, it was fun & the excitement in the air was contagious. Wish we'd made at least one $2.00 bet!

The grounds were beautiful, well manicured and heavily tree'd with lovely, stately oaks. Parking and entry was very organized and professional & all of the employees were friendly & helpful. Dress ranged from very formal to very laid-back. Parking was free, general admission, $5.00. We were advised to log in to our Facebook account & 'Like' Keeneland & there would be a coupon available for free admission. We did, so there was no cost to us today. After enjoying our visit to Keeneland we enjoyed a picnic lunch under one of the lovely oak trees before moving on for a Kentucky scenic byway drive past many lovely thoroughbred farms.

We eventually made our way to the Wild Turkey Distillery. But unfortunately, missed the last tour of the day. So, we visited the gift shop, rode the Wild Turkey, bought a few keepsakes and a small bottle and then drove a block or so to take a photo of the distillery. Perhaps we'll visit another distillery when we visit Tennessee shortly.

Well, that's it for our day in Lexington. We had a terrific time and enjoyed the area very much. I think we'll camp in this area next visit rather than the Louisville area, although we're enjoying it very much as well. It's just more 'citified'. Does that make sense??? LOL Well, that's it for now. I'm going to break this up into two posts photo wise. Scenery pics today, Keeneland next time. Enjoy!



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