My journey begins at last! I feel like I have been talking about it for so long that it hardly seems real that it is finally here. I am hoping to be able to get out of my own way and live in the moments that I will be creating in the coming months. Hopefully, the blogging will keep me at least somewhat honest.

As I made my way to my parents in Mobile (AL),for a short visit before I hopped on my flight to Australia I find myself with something that has been in short supply over the years…time. So instead of making the straight 12 hour drive from Columbus to Mobile. I take my time, and it takes me 3 days to make the journey.

My first stop was Lexington, Kentucky.  Of course, planner that I am I do a quick search of interesting things about Kentucky and find a few surprises. There is a castle in Lexington! What? Of all places to put a castle…Kentucky?!? But yep, sitting on a hill overlooking the main drag is Castlepost, which was built to be a private residence, but is now a B&B. Before you get excited I would have loved to stay here, but at about $250/night it was a little out of my budget. So I thought I was going to sneak inside for a few pictures, but there was a sign that said only hotel guest were allowed on the grounds. So I took a few pictures (albeit seriously over-exposed pics) outside and kept it moving.

Castlepost in Lexington, KY

Castlepost in Lexington, KY

Castlepost in Lexington, KY

Castlepost in Lexington, KY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up was my search for horses. Who hasn’t seen pictures of majestic horses running across an open field? As romantic as that sounds I was worried that it might be kind of hard to find as it was a cold day, there was a storm approaching, and I wasn’t sure if horses would be okay in the snow. Just as I imagined there weren’t many horses out, I am sure that the thoroughbreds were safely locked away in stables that probably makes my first home look like a hovel. But I persevered and found a few…

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This was seriously it, and none of them were running, which may have kept them warmer, but why run if you don’t have to right?

 

So thus far KY, was seeming pretty sedate, a nice place to pass through if you have the time, but not necessarily a destination until…I took the scenic route. I read somewhere that Lexington had one of the most beautiful scenic drives in America, which is a pretty big boast, but Old Frankfort Road (Highway 1681), was most definitely one of the prettiest drives I have ever made and made me glad I had the time to devote to it.

 

I am pretty sure that is a stable, it is the side door, and yeah was much nicer looking than my first house (need I remind you that an animal poops in there!!!)

I am pretty sure that is a stable, it is the side door, and yeah was much nicer looking than my first house (need I remind you that an animal poops in there!!!)

Winding fence line - just because they can

Winding fence line – just because they can

 

A Front Gate

A Front Gate

 

Drive this way...

Drive this way…

Rolling Hills

Rolling Hills

 

This House (or maybe stable)!

This House (or maybe stable)!

 

Another stable, but where is the house?

Another stable, but where is the house?

 

As beautiful as this was, just imagine what it looks like in summer…

 

Just in case you forgot...

Just in case you forgot…

 

Fun Fact: The very first KFC was founded in Kentucky (yeah, I know pretty obvious). Check out the next post to get a little KFC history.

Original KFC was called the Sander's Cafe

Original KFC was called the Sander’s Cafe