It’s been a while since I linked up on the Ultimate Coffee Date, but I decided it was time to jump in again. I think the reason I’m not more regular with this one is that before you know it it’s another month and the first Saturday has passed! Time is going by so fast this year! Anyway, linking up with Coco & Deborah this weekend!
If we were having coffee today I’d tell you…
That I’m so excited to finally be on vacation! Work has been a bit stressful lately as has life in general so this is a much needed getaway! A few vacation updates:
Thursday, June 1:
My flight didn’t leave until 7 but I ended up wishing I had taken an earlier flight, just because I had to sit around all day and do nothing until it was time to leave! When I finally made it to the airport, I was actually patted down due to having “pants that were too baggy,” before being sent over to my flight area. The flight wasn’t crowded, which was good because I had room to myself to stretch out, but I was surrounded by noisy toddler kids, which was kind of annoying. At least they weren’t crying the whole time, I can be grateful for that!
After arriving I realized that I had my first #blondemoment…I totally thought that Louisville was on a different time then Tampa and turns out its not. Glad my other half figured that out though because I was picked up on time from the airport, even though my flight arrived early! Upon getting to the room and unpacking, we headed to a local place right by the hotel (which everything is pretty much by our hotel- it’s right downtown) to get wings and pizza. I enjoyed my first Kentucky Bourbon Barrel beer; it was pretty good! The food was decent, but nothing to go crazy over in my opinion.
Friday, June 2:
Today is our “free day” in Louisville- the day we really didn’t have anything planned except dinner with my family in the evening. This morning when I woke up I was greeted with a very pleasant surprise…
I didn’t realize there were places that were this cool in June! It was very nice because I quickly realized that I didn’t have to worry about waking up early and going for a run- it was supposed to be below 80 until around noon, so there was plenty of time to relax and get ready. We ended up going for the run around 8:30 and it was still 63 outside. It felt awesome. The sun was out so it was a bit hot towards the end, but nothing compared to the humidity Florida gets. We ran through a park that was close to the hotel and along the river the majority of the way, ending up on the pedestrian bridge to Indiana. So basically I ran from Kentucky to Indiana (lol that sounds way cooler than saying I did a 5k)! Also- I was in two places at once (straddling the state line)- anyone else remember that moment from A Walk to Remember? That’s been on my bucket list since then so it was fun to be able to finally check that off!
I also found some really fat geese! They were cute!
By the time we got back we were getting hungry for lunch so after showering we headed out to find something to eat. Honestly one of the best things about this hotel we are in is being right in the heart of downtown Louisville…it’s so easy just to walk everywhere and grab food! We ended up eating lunch at the Bluegrass Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel. They had pretty good food, including an appetizer of fried green tomatoes (it looked really fancy!) and a menu of Bourbon flights that were named after famous race horses!
Speaking of race horses, after eating lunch we headed out to Churchill Downs and took a tour that included watching the horses race! It was so fun! I got a lot of pictures of the horses…they are all so beautiful! It reminded me of when I was younger and used to love race horses and read books about them all the time. I remembered lots of names of the winners…War Admiral (1937), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978), Genuine Risk (1980), and others that didn’t win the Derby but were still amazing horses like Man O’War, who sired War Admiral. It’s amazing how many memories come back to us just by seeing something that triggers it, isn’t it?
I also tried on a Derby hat because…you don’t go to the Derby without a hat! But I’m definitely not buying it for $109!
Finally to cap off an amazing day, we met up with my family for dinner and some brews. We ate at the Red Barn Kitchen, which had amazing BBQ. I got the chance to see family I haven’t seen since 2009- the last time I was in Kentucky!
Today (Saturday) after volunteering at Tough Mudder in the morning, we are heading up to see more of my family at my aunt and uncle’s house in Frankfort. This trip has been amazing so far…people ask why I chose Kentucky for vacation and, aside from the fact that Tough Mudder was here and I wanted to run it, seeing my family and spending time with them has made it all worth it. Besides, Louisville is kind of a cool city!
When is your next vacation? How do you pick your destinations? Have you ever seen a horse race…better yet, a race at Churchill Downs?