the roses at The 145th Kentucky Derby

The 145th Kentucky Derby Weekend

I’ve always wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby, but have never been able to talk anyone into going with me.  Either they’ve been once, and that was enough, or they weren’t interested due to the exorbitant price of a seat. 

Finally, I decided to go on my own through my vacation club Dreamtrips, who offered a package that included three nights at a hotel in Lexington (not Louisville), transportation, a reserved seat in the Grandstand for the Derby, a horse farm tour, and a bourbon tasting for only $1,860 after I applied 630 points.

Given a package from the Kentucky Derby for the same seating with the addition of a concert, food and beverage cost $1,799 not including lodging which was $1,600, I thought I got a pretty sweet deal. 

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mammoth cave national park

Day 90 – Bluegrass to Pennyroyal in Kentucky Part 2

Day 90 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

With the snow accumulation complete, the temperature forecast to reach the low twenties, and a few icicles on VANilla, the dogs and I spent a leisurely morning at Connie and Ron’s before venturing south.  The three day forecast called for another wintery blast, thus with the roads in fair condition, I opted to get ahead of the next storm. Continue reading “Day 90 – Bluegrass to Pennyroyal in Kentucky Part 2”

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Day 89 – From Bluegrass to Pennyroyal in Kentucky

Day 89 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

I awoke to the wind swirling, snow falling, and a phone call from my Louisville hosts – they are stuck in St.  Louis – no house for me this evening!  OK, I got a little flustered…could I handle the roads if they couldn’t make it back…could I survive the 5 degree temperature?  At this point I wasn’t sure what to do first.  Countless thoughts spun through my mind.  Should I stay south and wait out the storm at Walmart?  Should I go northeast to Lexington in hopes it would hit there later or should I book it to Louisville and email one of my blog readers who I’ve never met and try to stay with her?  Continue reading “Day 89 – From Bluegrass to Pennyroyal in Kentucky”