Woodford Reserve is one of the stops along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. My wife toured the distillery 6 years ago with two high school friends. She purchased me a bottle of straight bourbon whiskey for my 60th birthday, a dubious move considering my longstanding indifference to so-called brown liquor. Perhaps she thought I'd appreciate the smartly designed wooden gift box
But my first taste taught that Woodford Reserve is in a league of its own. I continue to enjoy it when I feel my taste buds deserve a special occasion.
And although I'm a Retiring Guy, every day is not a holiday in my world.
(The above photo was taken at the end of our 1-hour tour of Woodford in Friday. Samples included the (a) Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and (b) Double Oaked Bourbon.)
You'd think that after Wisconsin ruined Kentucky's perfect basketball season, it would be open season on anyone wearing a cheesehead in the Bluegrass State, even if they're offering up samples of beer cheese at a street festival.
My wife and I spent a portion of the afternoon at the 7th Annual Winchester Beer Cheese Festival. Winchester is located 20 miles east of Lexington, Kentucky, where we are visiting friends, 'Trivers' Wisconsin transplants.
The above headline caught my attention while we toured the Bluegrass Heritage Museum. It's from the front page of the August 23, 1943, edition of the Winchester Sun.
North Carolina's Mount Mitchell is the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains. The parking lot elevation shown here is 105 feet* lower from where the observation deck is located. Unfortunately, by the time my wife and I walked to this point, rain started to fall and clouds obscured the view.
This was my third visit to Mount Mitchell. The first two took place on camping trips during the early 1980s.