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Oct 18, 2011 - Howard Steamboat Museum

Today we visited the Howard Steamboat Museum ($5 each admission) in Jeffersonville, IN. The house museum is located on Market Street, immediately across the street from a shipyard located on the Ohio River. This 1890's Victorian 22-room mansion was built by famed steamboat builders and includes original furnishings and memorabilia from the steamboat era. Per our tour guide, the house's beautiful woodwork on the fireplace mantels (in every room), stairwell, and in the library was hand-carved by the steamboat carpenters to honor the wife of...

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May 5, 2010 - Day 54 - Pamela flies home

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone. I was going to enjoy something Mexican today, but settled for a bologna sandwich. Pam and I had a full breakfast this morning and headed out about noon toward the airport. We dropped down into the city then headed east through the wonderful old neighborhoods of Louisville paralleling Hwy 65. We finally passed the University of Louisville and knew just where we were. Yep, Churchill Downs was right around the corner. We waved goodbye to that beloved landmark, got on 65 to the airport. The Louisville Airport is a...

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May 4, 2010 - Day 53 - just a lazy day

Pam and I had not stopped since I picked her up at the airport last Wednesday so today we vegetated. And it felt good. One short trip to the Falls of the Ohio River (about 2 miles from our park...same little town) and Jeffersonville across the road and that was it. Well, except for Staples and Wal Mart to pick up a prescription. We even had PaPa John's pizza delivered for dinner. Tomorrow Pamela heads back home and to reality. This visit to horse heaven has been a fairy tale for both of us. We wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby someday. We...

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May 3, 2010 - Day 52 - and the sun shone on Corbin

Two famous people from Corbin? Well, we all know about Col. Sanders and the birthplace of the original Kentucky Fried Chicken, right? Well, my dad, James William Billings, was born in his home at 206 Padgett Street November 15, 1907, and Pam and I found it. I had pictured a flat road, but it had a dip and steep uphill climb. 206 was near the dip and, unfortunately, did not have a 103+ year old house on it. Perhaps the foundation was original. But somewhere deep in the soil is my dad's DNA...and if I believe that, then all is good. We...

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May 2, 2010 - Day 51 - Kentucky Horse Park in the rain

Unfortunately our day to visit the famed Kentucky Horse Park happened to be the wettest May 2 in Kentucky history. In fact, the day was the 12th rainiest ever. It was bad...but didn't seem THAT bad. We must have been in pockets. It rained steadily but the downpour was not torrential where we were. The parade of breeds was cancelled...but they did lead the few of us who were there through a barn and described several breeds for us. The Hall of Champions 'parade' still took place as it was in a covered presentation ring. There wasn't a dozen...

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May 1, 2010 - Day 50 - The 136th Running of the Kentucky Derby

I went to the Kentucky Derby. My daughter joined me...flew all the way in from California. And we went to the Kentucky Derby. Been wanting to do that since I was about seven. The noise... The hats... The people... The spires atop Churchill Downs... The Kentucky Derby!! Pam and I toasted when we got our mint julep and that got me choked. I turned my back when we sang My Old Kentucky Home because tears were streaming down my face. We were in the stands under shelter so we never felt the rain. And it rained until the beginning the the 12th...

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Apr 30, 2010 - Day 49 - Keeneland and Calumet!

Pam and I are simply having a fabulous warmup to the Kentucky Derby. We headed to Versailles today (after a lazy morning in the HitchHiker) and Keeneland Racetrack. Versailles is a horse community just outside Lexington and Keeneland is the main attraction. What a place! Twelve of the twenty derby entries this year were sired or purchased at the Keeneland Yearling Sale/Auction. The track and surrounds are beautiful...in fact, Keeneland even has a second training track. There must be 30- 40 rows of barns...and that's where Pam and I started....

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Apr 29, 2010 - Day 48 - Dawn at the Downs

We got up at 5 a.m. with no problem and were out of the trailer by 6:10. Golly, my trailer is much smaller with two people in it! Dawn at the Downs was special in several ways. First, we had free and convenient parking. We then enjoyed a marvelous buffet breakfast on Millionaire's Row, sixth floor, table by the track. The most extraordinary thing about the morning, though, was the total lack of security. We went everywhere...up, down and into. It did and still does amaze me. The event is a big one and millions watch it on TV. I would think...

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Apr 28, 2010 - Day 47 - STATE #12 - INDIANA

Got up at 5:00 this a.m. Woke up and couldn't go back to sleep. Too excited. I got to my Louisville destination (which is actually across the Ohio River in Indiana) at 11:45...earliest I've ever arrived anywhere. Unfortunately, it was really 12:45 as I had lost an hour and then I dilly-dallied when I got in. When my neighbors mentioned the time, I got a move-on and headed to the airport. I was there to greet my middle child, Pamela, when she walked into the airport and I was simply thrilled to see her! We picked up a couple more things at...

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May 26, 2006 - Louisville, KY

We are staying at the Louisville South KOA, in Louisville, KY. We will be staying here through the Memorial Day weekend. This is quite a busy place - over 250 sites, and most of them taken this weekend. It is very HOT and MUGGY. Boy, we sure are not used to this weather. Our air conditioner is getting quite the work out. Poor Kallie - with her fur, is very miserable. Although, there is walking trails and the Salt River, which she just had to jump into, of course. The problem is that this is a very muddy river. Oh well, that's what towels...

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