pfalcioni wrote:Wow, very cool! We had our first taste of Civil War history on our winter Florida trip, I'd never been to this area of the country and although I read a lot about history, there's something about actually being at these sites that make things feel more immediate and real. I can't imagine how terrifying it would have been to stay in that house during the battle, but I can see why people did it, if they left they would lose everything.
You can resize images online here: http://resizeimage.net/ I've used it a couple of times when I'm on my tablet instead of a computer with Lightroom or Photoshop and it's simple. Or, if you are using any photo manipulation program, they all have options to save smaller versions (just don't save over the original, make a copy with a different name).
Yes I have to agree that when you are actually there standing where it happened, it has a very powerful and solemn feeling. Thank you for the website to resize photos. I will give it a try.
Visiting the battlefield was a humbling experience, to say the least. Although the phrase is thrown around to describe a lot of things, the Fredericksburg battlefield, especially at the Sunken Road is truly Hallowed Ground.
Canobie Coaster wrote:Great report! The only time I've ridden Roman Rapids I got soaked. I remember being mostly dry until the waterfalls at the end soaked me to the bone.
I only rode once and call it water roulette. Somehow I stayed dry-ish but these 2 girls on the other side I pitied because it was kind of a cold day. Maybe the odds are worse than I thought. Still better than WWC.
Before I get to the Kentucky Kingdom portion of the trip, I'd like to share some of the other experiences I had when I was down in Louisville. Let me start by saying that Louisville is a terrific town. It is fun, clean, overall pretty safe and very nice looking. The cuisine and nightlife are very lively to boot.
I headed to Kentucky Kingdom on Saturday but on the Thursday I took a tour of Louisville Slugger and Friday I hit the famous Kentucky Bourbon trail. If you're a baseball fan like myself Louisville Slugger is definitely something you need to hit during your lifetime. I don't have any pictures of the factory floor because it is a working factory and they want to keep the process within the walls. It is pretty incredible to walk through the building and see who they're making bats for that day because they have it posted above the factory floor! Each bat is different and no two players have the same bat...Pretty incredible. That being said I do have pictures of the museum. A tour is about an hour and costs 15 dollars which is a great deal. You learn a lot about the different trees they use to make the bats, the history of the company and a bunch of other awesome baseball tidbits.
Friday was the real reason why I headed down to Louisville in the first place. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is a guided tour of the many different Bourbon distilleries that can be found in the state. Tickets are 150, the tour lasts about six hours with Bourbon tasting and a full lunch at a local restaurant included. Now, it is impossible to hit all the distilleries in one day so each day it runs includes different places. This Friday included Jim Bean, Barton 1792 (Who just had a warehouse collapsed and lost 9,000 barrels), Lux Row and my personal favorite Maker's Mark. If you're a Bourbon person just like if you're a baseball person, Louisville is a must go!.
First stop, the 120 foot tall baseball bat outside Louisville Slugger.
In the museum you can read up a quick history of the Louisville Slugger baseball bat.
Inside they have some of the best memorabilia outside the Hall of Fame such as Honus Wagner's uniform and bat.
One of Babe Ruth's bats from his 60 home run season.
Lastly we have Joltin Joe DiMaggio's bat from his 56 game hit streak.
That night I hit the Eagle for some of the best authentic Kentucky Fried Chicken in town.
The next day started bright and early as we made a 45 min journey to the first stop on the trail....Jim Bean!
There is Jim right now...Welcoming us.
Jim Bean is the largest Bourbon distillery in the world.
Our next stop was Barton 1792. We did a quick tasting here and the staff was very accommodating, they let us ask as many questions as we wanted about the warehouse collapse.
We stopped at a family owned restaurant Kurtz for lunch. Its been open since 1937 and has some of the best Mint Juleps in town.
Our first stop after lunch was Lux Row. They broke ground on this distillery in 2016 and just opened the doors this year. It is a very pristine facility. Good luck to the guys over there!
This is what the inside of a Bourbon "Rickhouse" looks like to those interested.
And at the end of the tour you can bet your bottom dollar they let us taste some...Paired with chocolate of course. To those who don't know the two are a match made in heaven.
The final stop of the tour was my favorite because it is my favorite Bourbon.
Maker's Mark is absolutely gorgeous. It gives a true "Kentucky Hills" southern vibe.
It is the oldest operating distillery in Kentucky. These are two of the original copper stills that keep chugging along today.
They cool off and store their barrels in a cave.
Maker's Mark also has a restaurant that serves Bourbon Slushies....So whose really winning? It tasted like a Bourbon and Ginger. I could have drank 100.
This is a photo of a Kentucky Hot Brown I had. It is turkey, bacon, cheese and tomato served in a skillet!
The next portion of this trip will be that of Kentucky Kingdom and a quick look at Louisville Slugger Stadium, home of the Louisville bats.
I had a fun few hours at Kentucky Kingdom. I will say though, I was very surprised at how small this park actually is. I arrived at opening and ran through the park around 3 1/2 hours. I understand this place is just getting back on its feet, the ride selection although small is really good. Im still shocked at the size of the place, I wasn't expecting big but I definitely wasn't expecting this tiny. Besides that it is your typical generic amusement park. Standard food, some less then spectacular landscaping but at the same time pretty clean. If you have a few hours to kill in Louisville definitely stop by to ride Storm Chaser and Lightening Run if nothing else.
Lightening Run 2x: I was very excited for this coaster, I had heard so much about and I was finally going to get a chance to ride it. My first ride was in the front row and second in the back. It is a very, very, very SOLID ride. It really has no flaws but for some reason I was expecting more, thats where it left me a little disappointed. The first drop is awesome and it has a fantastic layout, but I as expecting more airtime. I'm not knocking it and I think park's should look to add more of these. Great job Morgan.
Thunder Run 1x: Really good first drop, the rest I found underwhelming. It does however get bonus points for not being rough at all.
T3 2x: Lets not kid ourselves here folks, new trains/restraints did not save this ride. It stinks, flat out. I rode it twice to make sure I was just being a hater but the second ride confirmed two things. SLC's have great layouts but the execution just isn't there 98% of the time.
Storm Chaser 4x: This ride is truly special. Having ride Twisted Timbers the week before, it was really really hard to determine which was the superior coaster. I would say these two are 1A and 1B to each other as they offer a similar experience, especially with the first drop. Front, back, wherever you ride it, Storm Chaser delivers.
Around 2 o'clock I left the park headed back to the hotel and showered in preparation for the Louisville Bat's game. It was Bourbon night (surprise) so Jim Bean was handing out flights of Bourbon and the team changed their name to the "mashers" to honor some Bourbon Mash. The stadium is a beautiful little complex with cheap beer and great food. Against the Grain Brewery is attached to the stadium so it is a great place to stop in before the game and have a few and a bite to eat.
This will end the Louisville portion of the trip and I have to say it is a wonderful city and I hope to go back one day!
Kentucky Kingdom's little entrance plaza.
First up, the much anticipated Lightening Run.
It was great but as a snobby ride person I still expected more (Humbug).
This final stretch of the ride hauls.
I stopped for a lackluster cinnamon pretzel.....I scoffed it down anyway I was starving.
This was about as "meh" as it comes for me.
Lift Hill porn for you lift hill weirdos.
It does have an interesting layout though. Enough to keep you engaged.
God help me.
It should be P3 for Pain to the Third Power.
The star of the show and boy did it live up to it.
From start to finish, it is perfection.
This over bank really is a thing of beauty.
Against the Grain Brewery, they had some really good stuff! I love stuff!
The dry rub wing's were on the money.
The ballpark had a real nice old time look to it.
It was really nice looking inside as well.
Did I mention the Bourbon Flights :)
Beautiful stadium and a beautiful night for a game.
Okay so every local I spoke too told me I had to get this and I waited 25 minutes for one. It is a fried Bologna and cheese sandwich. As a non-bologna person I have to say it was really good! The cheese was melted and the white bread was toasted. Another must try if you find yourself here. Enjoy everyone!
I'm from Kentucky and have probably been to all of these Distillery's individually but have never taken an "official" bourbon trail tour but I've heard great things about them so it's cool to see some people from outside the area enjoy them. I don't really know much about the tours but looks like since yours was based out of Louisville you hit Beam, Barton and Makers, but I think the tours based out of Lexington hit Town branch, Four Roses, Wild Turkey, and Woodford Reserve and some of those more on the east-central side of the region.
And I agree, Louisville is kind of a cool city that's really changed a lot for the better over the years. Seems like every time I'm back there I'm more impressed with it.
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