Saturday, March 31, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Kentucky is famous for its bourbon
and for good reason,
95% of the world's bourbon is produced in Kentucky.
We decided to visit Maker's Mark
which makes all their bourbon whiskey in small hand made batches.
Makers Mark is off the beaten path near the tiny town of Loretto, KY
and is in a lovely country setting.
Free tours are available.
is mixed with the distinct limestone water found in Kentucky
and cooked into a sour mash with a "starter" taken from the previous batch.
heat & bubble until properly fermented.
coming out clear and 130 proof.
is poured into new oak barrels with charred interiors
and aged from 4 to 9 years in a warehouse.
giving it the signature Maker's Mark wax seal.
and there is a slightly yeasty scent similar to baking bread in the air.
Its a fun informative stop.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
We also visited the Natural Bridge in the nearby state park.
The namesake sandstone arch spans 78 feet & is 65 feet high.
To get to the top of the arch,
you have to go through Fat Man's Squeeze,
a natural fracture on the back of the arch.
At the top of the Natural Bridge
The view from atop the bridge
It was a strenuous hike to get there, but worth it.
Saw lots of wildflowers,
such as this beautiful red trillium,
and wild violets.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
We visited an area that I had never heard of,
but was well worth visiting, the Red River Gorge.
It is located in central Kentucky
in the Daniel Boone National Forest.
The area has more natural arches
than any place east of the Rockies.
Its a great place to hike and rock climb.
First we had to pass through this 900' long
single lane tunnel to get to the gorge area.
This arch is called the Sky Bridge
The top of the Sky Bridge,
quite a view!
The Gladie Visitors Center
The Gladie cabin,
one of the first homes in the area.
These small arches are called the Angel Windows
Hiking along the Red River,
We spotted the Chimney Top
(notice the safety rails above the chimney rock)
So we drove (no, we didn't hike it!) to the top
and looked down on where we had hiked along the river.
We also hiked to Rock Bridge.
Rock Bridge is the only true bridge in the area
as a stream flows under it.
We passed Creation Falls on our way to Rock Bridge.
The area truly is gorgeous!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The record heat is bursting every bud.
All the Spring flowers are blooming at once.
Very pretty, but I wonder what will happen when the cold temps come back.
Daffodils & Pansy
Even the hay field is a lovely emerald green.