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The Urban Bourbon Trail

We were told that from our doorstep in Lexington Kentucky we could easily visit four legendary bourbon distilleries in two days. That’s swell, and all, but we figured we’d cover far more ground in under an hour by making a single stop to Lexington’s Bluegrass Tavern. With 209 bourbons on their menu, ranging in price from $4 per glass to ‘don’t ask,’ Bluegrass was the perfect place to introduce ourselves to Kentucky’s amber elixir. Read More…

Packin’ Heat

These ‘no firearm’ signs are something else that seems uniquely southern. We’ve seen them everywhere. I have to admit, it never occurred to me that I might need a gun inside Mammoth Cave.  Just in case someone thought otherwise, this helpful sign instructs Yosemite Sam to leave his six shooters behind. Now that I think about it, though, you can’t predict when an uppity cave cricket might need some shooting. You never can be too careful.

Mammoth Cave: Introduction to Caving

Mammoth Cave Introduction to Caving Tour

Size matters but, in this case at least, smaller is better. That’s the basic message given to anyone contemplating the Introduction to Caving tour offered at Mammoth Cave National Park. The tour, one of the most strenuous offered, takes a small group to crawl, twist and squirm through undeveloped parts of the cave. A restriction limiting hip and chest dimensions to less than 42 inches is supposed to prevent soft tourists like us from getting wedged in the tight spaces we’ve volunteered to go. We’ll see about that.

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