Memorial Weekend in Kentucky

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This past weekend, my husband and I went to Kentucky for a wedding.  The wedding was on Sunday night but we figured we would make a little mini vacation out of it and go for a few extra days since we had never been to Kentucky before.  We left Friday morning and got back Monday night.

Sunset at vineyard wedding location

Sunset at vineyard wedding location

Driving from Virginia to Kentucky is a LONG drive.  It’s a much easier drive than trying to drive from Virginia to New England (which we do at least once a year), but it’s literally Interstate 64W the ENTIRE way.  It was such a beautiful drive but did start to get a little monotonous.

My diabetes surprisingly did amazing this trip.  I changed my infusion set, CGM and insulin Thursday night before leaving so I didn’t have to worry too much about those while traveling.  I did have to change my infusion set on Sunday but my CGM and insulin last the entire trip which was nice.  Overall, my blood sugars did amazing as well.  One hiccup in the trip was the wedding night where I ate appetizers, dinner and cake without knowing the carb counts on any of it.  My blood sugar ended up spiking past 300 but with a little rage bolusing, I was able to bring it down before going to bed (although I ended up getting low thanks to the rage bolus).

Started the Bourbon Trail at Four Roses Distillery

Started the Bourbon Trail at Four Roses Distillery

My husband likes bourbon so we thought while we were in Kentucky we would hit up the Bourbon Trail.  We started on Friday at a bourbon place called Four Roses.  We did the tour and tasting there and then headed to Wild Turkey but they were closing as we got there so we weren’t able to do the tour or tasting.  Saturday, we started the morning at Maker’s Mark doing the tour and tasting before heading to Jim Beam.  Since it was a holiday weekend, it was packed at Jim Beam so we weren’t able to do the tour but we did a self guided tour and tasting.  We finished up the Bourbon Trail on Monday, visiting Woodford Reserve.  There are eight distilleries listed on the Bourbon Trail, but we only made it to the four (or five if you include Wild Turkey).  I will add that I was the DD on this trip so my hubby could enjoy the tastings but I still go to have some fun.  At Maker’s Mark, I got to seal a bottle of bourbon which was a fun experience.  The only down side was the my blood sugar got low right around the time I was dipping the bottle so it was a little nerve wracking trying to focus while exposed to hot wax.

Sealed the Maker's Mark bottle myself

Sealed the Maker’s Mark bottle myself

On Saturday, we also went to Churchhill Downs and saw a horse race live.  Having watched the Kentucky Derby a few weeks ago, it was cool to see the place.  You could get up pretty close to the horses that were going to race.  We didn’t place any bets on the horses but it was fun to be a part of the atmosphere.  Although, it did seem like the sport is a little cruel to horses, which I tried not to think about too much while I was there.

Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs

We also stumbled upon a concert in Louisville.  After visiting Churchill Downs, we headed to Downtown Louisville to walk around and find a dinner place. While walking around, we heard music so we headed towards the music.  It turned out to be this huge music festival called Abbey Road on the River.  We stayed and listened to some Beatles cover bands for a few hours before grabbing dinner.

Abbey Road on the River concert festival

Abbey Road on the River concert festival

Sunday was the wedding and it took place at a vineyard in Indiana.  It was a gorgeous location and the weather ended up holding out (a few sprinkles) but it made for a beautiful sunset.

Sunset at Huber Vineyard

Sunset at Huber Vineyard

It was a really fun weekend but I’m glad to be home and away from road food, too much fast food for a long weekend.

Pretend bartender for the day

Pretend bartender for the day


2 thoughts on “Memorial Weekend in Kentucky

  1. Great pictures, sounds like you had a good time and I’m glad you are able to have fun as a DD. I’m the same way. There is a microfest that we have a tradition and go to every May with another couple and since I don’t like beer I’m always the DD. People think I must get so bored, but it’s still fun.

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