Category Archives: Traveling Days

Horse Country

Our trip last week to Indianapolis took us through the beautiful horse country of Kentucky.  It’s always my favorite part of the trip.

This beautiful water “tank” is located in the Lexington area.

This year, we arranged a tour of one of the farms: Coolmore at Ashford Stud.

On the afternoon of our visit, we had light snow flurries as we drove up the lane.

Although we didn’t have the best day for photos, the flurries added even more charm to our outing.

Now, this little country girl knows absolutely NOTHING about race horses (or everyday horses for that matter). But I do think they’re all beautiful and love taking pictures of them.

Our guide was a wonderful young lady named Bailey, who will be graduating in May from the University of Kentucky with a degree in equine science and management. We were fortunate to be on one of her final tours at Coolmore.

In the first stable we toured, we met “Munnings”.  Isn’t he so handsome?

I thought it was interesting that he seemed to be agreeing with what Bailey was saying regarding stud fees. (Guess that’s a guy for you.)  And I regret that I stopped the video in the middle of Bailey’s information.

 

But, then,  we met a celebrity…..this is “Justify”, the 2018 Triple Crown winner.  That’s impressive even to those of us who know little about the horse racing world. It was exciting to be so close to such a famous horse.

Later, on the tour, we met “Air Force Blue”.  He also showed off a bit for us.

 

You can hear Bailey in that video mention the race horse “Cigar” and say that he was an interesting case. Cigar was a successful race horse, but was quickly retired from his stud duties when it was determined that he was completely infertile. Uh oh. (Had I not stopped the video short, you would have heard that from Bailey.)

We stayed overnight in Louisville and went for a carriage ride after dinner. Our horse was a Percheron/Friesian mix named “Joey”. Those blue lights in the background were on our carriage. It was cold, but as you can see, we went prepared. AND, our high-tech carriage not only had blankets, but also heated seats.

Before leaving Louisville the following morning, we rode out to see Churchill Downs.  Although we’ve driven through Louisville many times, and stayed overnight there a few times, we’d never driven by the track.

Very impressive.  But, then, most everything about Kentucky Horse Country IS.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

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Embracing Our Inner Hillbilly

As you may have guessed when I announced my blogging break last week, Motor Man and I went out of town for a few days.

Our destination was Indianapolis, so he could attend the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show.  He takes a right off the skywalk to the convention center, and I take a left to the mall. Convenient.

We left home a few days early, so we could make a couple of stops along the way. One of those stops was for lunch on Tuesday.  This is your first  glimpse of Hillbilly Hot Dogs in Lesage, West Virginia.

As you drive a little further along the highway…

…you get the feeling that whenever anyone in the area needs to dispose of junk anything, they bring it to Hillbilly Hot Dogs. Including….. unmentionables. What a scary thought.

“Hillbilly Gas Station”, yes, right by the highway.

This is the entrance to the restaurant indoor eatin place.

The dining area is inside an old school bus. This is the table beside ours.

We shared a hot dog and a hamburger, both were really good.  Then we couldn’t resist a picture at the “kissin cuzins maryin booth”.

And next door, at the weddin chapel.

Google tells me that Hillbilly Hot Dogs has been in business for 19 years, and is owned by Sonny (a self-proclaimed West Virginia hillbilly) and his wife, Sharie, a former California girl. It’s also been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.

Oh, and when you leave a tip, you get a song. (Sorry we didn’t get Sonny and Sharie’s son in the video.)

Sonny’s the Weenie Man
He owns a weenie stand
He sells the best weenies around
Ding Ding Ding
Sharie’s his Weenie Wife
She adds the spice that’s right
Hillbilly Hot Dogs day or night
Ding Ding Ding
YEEHAW!!!

So, if you ever find yourself anywhere near Lesage, West Virginia, we would definitely recommend a stop at Hillbilly Hot Dogs.  It is quite the experience.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

 

Tiny Trike, Tiny Horses

As usual, Motor Man and I had a busy weekend. Our travels included another visit to Cape Charles Friday to attend the first “Festive Friday” event of this holiday season.

We arrived a bit early, so Motor Man treated me to a visit to a nearby antique mall, where I found this tiny, adorable OLD tricycle:

I think it will be a cute addition to the hearth, especially at Christmas, perhaps with a vintage teddy bear atop the seat.

Speaking of Christmas, I managed to get this short video of the little “lighted horse parade” that was part of Festive Friday. Oh, the charm of a small town.

And let me just say that I need a miniature pony in my life.

(Just kidding, Motor Man….)

~These Days Of Mine~

Fly-Away Friday

On Wednesday, I posted pictures of the wild horses from our most recent trip to the Outer Banks. And they certainly provided us with many photo ops that day.

But, wait….there’s more!

Although we often see pelicans flying along the shoreline, it wasn’t until a few months ago that we saw them actually on the beach.

When we spotted these two on Sunday,  Motor Man stopped, my window came down, and I started taking pics. This one is my favorite.

I still marvel at the fact that they can actually get those huge beaks and wings off the ground.

Where will this weekend take you?

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Vintage Christmas Music

On Saturday, our town held its Evening Christmas Market. It’s one of the most popular events in our little town, and I look forward to it each year.

The wonderful little shops lining Main Street are all open late, the street is closed to traffic and is filled with booths offering crafts, jewelry, primitive items, Christmas decor and a few antiques.  On the “village green”, students at a nearby dance studio perform, and a group sings Christmas carols on the steps of the post office. Talented folks sing and accompany themselves on guitars or banjos in front of various businesses. One parking lot is designated as the “food court”. It’s quite festive, and very well attended; the weather this year was perfect.

The market is a great place to find unusual Christmas gifts, and this year was no exception. I also brought something home for Motor Man and me.

Having purchased a combination radio/CD player/phonograph a few months ago, I have recently been in search of vintage Christmas albums. I hit the jackpot during the market at one of the shops, Vintage Potential, which had a great selection. I chose three albums: one by Johnny Mathis, one by Perry Como, and this third one.

When I first opened the album at the shop, I didn’t see a listing of what songs and artists were included. But, the inside “sold” me:

Yes, the album opens up to this sweet Christmas scene.  The artists include Gene Autry, Mitch Miller, Robert Goulet, Johnny Mathis and Tony Bennett, among many others, as it’s a double album.

Although it qualifies as “vintage” to me, the date on it is 1972. Wait: 1972 is now vintage? Now, that’ll make you feel old.

The price on the albums (including my prized one) was $4.00 each. Quite a bargain, in my opinion.

I was hesitant to buy the “record player” at the time, although it was on sale for half the regular price.

But I do believe it’s going to be quite busy in the next few weeks.

 

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Beautiful Sunday

Motor Man and I took a day trip to Carova on the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Sunday. It had been four weeks since our last visit, and “one of us” was starting to shake….

We only saw ten horses, but those we saw gave us some smiles and photo ops.

These two were busy checking out the bird feeder in someone’s yard.

“They need to make these things horse-sized.  Can’t. Quite. Reach……”

But some of you know that our very favorite place to spot the horses is by the water.  With the sun, the water’s beautiful blue, the white waves and those amazing horses, this was just about the perfect set-up.

Motor Man was so patient; he’d drive up the beach, so we could wait for the horses to come toward us. I would take pictures, the horses would walk by us, then he would drive further up the beach, and…repeat.

But, then, those four did something that I’m not sure we’ve ever really seen (in person) before: they starting running along in the surf. And, although this really shows what a wimp I am, it was so beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes.

 

And in this next picture, don’t they seem to be looking out over the ocean and discussing their view? “Yeah, I gotta say: this is the life….”

Hi, hi, hi, beautiful Sunday
This is my, my, my, beautiful day
When you say, say, say, say that you love me
Oh, my, my, my, it’s a beautiful day 
(Daniel Boone)

So thank you to the horses and my Motor Man for a breathtaking Sunday drive.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

 

A Special Start To The Season

My friends, Donna and Linda, invited me to an early Christmas event last Saturday: the Holly Jolly Festival in an area of Richmond. (Linda lives nearby, and Donna did for many years.)

You know how much you want to spend time with your friends when you drive an hour and a half each way (including the dreaded Interstate-95) to be with them. I grew up in the country: we didn’t have interstates.

We shopped in several shops, enjoying the beautiful holiday decorations and humming/singing along with the Christmas music. Neither of us spent an enormous amount of money, but we did make some purchases. And I found a couple of Christmas gifts

Oh, and we donned our Christmas headgear and had our picture taken with Santa. Just look at Donna Donner: I think she’s jockeying for more toys on Christmas morning.

Then, The Grinch showed up, so we thought it only fair to have a picture with him, too. (I must confess that, although I’m familiar with the song, and I’ve heard that he “stole Christmas”,  I have no idea what the whole Grinch thing is all about. Shhhh…don’t tell anyone.)

Then, we three girls ditched those guys and enjoyed a leisurely lunch, and shopped a little more.

Soon it was time for me to hit I-95 south to head home. Totally worth braving that interstate to spend the day with friends.

PS. My snowman hat is from CVS pharmacy: $5.99. Haute couture.

~These Days Of Mine~