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  1. Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Part Two

    Kentucky Bourbon Trail: Part Two

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    Continuing along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, one thing is clear: It’s all about bourbon, barrels . . .  and more bourbon.

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  2. Irish Acres Antiques (Photo by Mike Miller)

    Irish Acres Gallery of Antiques

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    Traveling to Irish Acres Gallery of Antiques from any direction takes you through the heart of the Kentucky horse country. The beautiful drive takes you past horse barn after horse barn that would be the envy of any human being. The stonewalls that line the narrow winding road remind you of a time gone by. We were meeting our extended family for lunch at “The Glitz” located in the gallery. We were off the beaten path in the small town of Nonesuch, Kentucky, 10 miles outside of Versailles. 

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  3. Shippingport Island (Photo by Mike Miller)

    Shippingport Island, Kentucky

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    Shippingport, Kentucky is a long lost river city that was located between Louisville and Portland in the early 1800’s. When you go there today, you discover how the Ohio River has influenced everyone in the region since Lewis and Clark’s started their journey west at the Falls of the Ohio in 1804. You will find the McAlpine Locks and Dam and a Louisville Gas and Electric Hydroelectric plant, great fishing and one of the best river views of Louisville. 

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  4. Susie and Beau with Mama

    Selenas at Willow Lake Tavern: Anchorage, Kentucky

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    Susie couldn’t go for long without shouting out about a great pet-friendly restaurant in our home town of Louisville, Kentucky. Recently the whole family, Susie, Beau, Mama and Daddy all went for lunch to Selena’s on a beautiful sunny and cool late spring day. 

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  5. Abbey Road on the River (Photo by Mike Miller)

    Calling All Beatle Fans

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    This is a special year for anything Beatle. Hundreds of events all over the world are heralding the 50th Anniversary of their arrival in the U.S. and their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. If you need to celebrate your inner Beatle, Abbey Road on the River in Louisville, Kentucky is a must do for any fan. The 250 concerts from over 50 bands on 7 stages over 5 days will remind you and inspire you to remember all you need is love. 

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  6. Munfordville (Photo by Mike Miller)

    On the Civil War Trail in Munfordville, Kentucky

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    Anthony Woodson’s fields and woods were the scene of a pivotal battle that played a role in who controlled Kentucky during the Civil War. His Kentucky farmstead overlooked the 1862 Battle of Munfordville. From the front porch of  his house you could see the railroad bridge crossing the Green River. There was also a L. & N. Railroad station in the town. It is a historic site that provides a scenic place to have a meal and reflect on how we have healed from a conflict that killed so many. 

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  7. Photo by Richie Holbert

    Progressive RV & Boat Show: Louisville, KY - January, 2014

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    Temperatures are below freezing, which means it’s the perfect time to visit the Progressive RV & Boat Show and dream of summer.

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  8. Tom and Chee

    Tom+Chee: Louisville, KY

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    I love to find unusual places to dine, that are complete fun and also very affordable. When I think about Tom+Chee, I think goody goody, skippy do da! Trew and Corey, two very humble guys, had so many great experiences leading them up to this dream becoming true. They started serving good ole grilled cheese from a tent in Cincinnati and then were able to open their first shop. These two guys are making a huge splash in the food industry and it sounds like they are becoming a grilled cheese empire! They blew out into a lot of national press and had success on the show I adore, Shark Tank!

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  9. Pappadeaux's

    Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen: Beaumont, Texas

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    While on a family emergency trip to Beaumont, Texas, we had the fortune of finding the Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen which was at the same exit as our hotel.  Pappadeaux’s is a small chain based out of Houston, Texas.  The restaurant concept was founded by the Pappas brothers who have created a group of different small restaurant chains that serve seafood, Italian cuisine, Mexican cuisine, steaks, BBQ and burgers. They had their start in Houston in 1967 with the opening of The Brisket House in Houston.

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  10. Susie at work

    On the Road or at Home: Susie – Therapy Dog Extraordinaire

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    Of course I am slightly prejudiced, but I have never had a sweeter canine or feline companion as Susie Sweet Dog.  The moment we first met on a large horse farm in northern Georgia she came out to meet me and put her head in my lap and looked at me with those big brown eyes. It was over – she had finally found her permanent home at the age of 4 ½. 

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  11. O'Hare

    Tale of Two Airports

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    I recently flew from Louisville Kentucky (my home) to New York City.  As an advocate for special needs individuals I looked carefully at the 2 very different airports I was traveling through.

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  12. Nashville Parthenon (Photo by Mike Miller)

    The Parthenon: Nashville, Tennessee

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    To celebrate the 100th birthday of Tennessee’s Statehood, Nashville built the 1897 Centennial and International Exposition. Many states and major industries built exhibits for the celebration. A full-scale replica of the Parthenon was the centerpiece and is the only remaining building. It sits in what is Nashville’s premiere urban park. It makes for a great afternoon walk, picnic, and time for reflection on the big thinkers and dreamers that made the Parthenon possible.

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  13. Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse

    Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse

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    Cocktails in Kentucky just got more delicious! 

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  14. Love Boat: Why Cruises Are So Popular with Anyone Who Has Physical Limitations

    Love Boat: Why Cruises Are So Popular with Anyone Who Has Physical Limitations

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    Have you ever dreamed about going on the LOVE BOAT for a trip of a life time?  Many people have really become more interested in the cruising options ever sense Captain Stuving and his crew of helpful staff entered our televisions in the 1970s. 

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  15. Bardstown, KY: Awash in Bourbon for 25th Kentucky Bourbon Festival

    Bardstown, KY: Awash in Bourbon for 25th Kentucky Bourbon Festival

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    Bourbon and boots. Bourbon and cigars. Bourbon and jazz. Fine Kentucky bourbon pairs well with most anything – and there’s no better time to enjoy such pairings than during the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. Marking its 25th anniversary in 2016, the festival takes place over seven days in September in – where else? – the Bourbon Capital of the World, Bardstown, KY.

     

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  16. Checking out the Sights and Sounds of Locust Grove

    Checking out the Sights and Sounds of Locust Grove

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    In the middle of a neighborhood in Louisville Kentucky is a Historic Home… Locust Grove.  The home was built in the 1790’s, and is on a beautiful piece of property.  General George Rodgers Clark came to this home, which was his sister’s, when his health was failing him.  He had a bedroom on the first floor of the house.  It is said that General Clark spent many hours sitting on the back porch looking at the Ohio River.

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  17. West Baden Springs Hotel: French Lick, Indiana

    West Baden Springs Hotel: French Lick, Indiana

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    What do basketball and mineral springs have in common? Give up? It’s French Lick, Indiana, home of basketball great Larry Bird and also home to renowned mineral waters. The West Baden Springs Hotel got a $500 million renovation and has been brought back to glory.

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  18. A New Twist to an Old Favorite at the Kentucky Derby:  Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey

    A New Twist to an Old Favorite at the Kentucky Derby: Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey

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    Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey was founded in 2015 in Louisville, Ky., with a single focus: To produce elegant and delicious sipping whiskeys designed for flavor-craving consumers. Its four expression line—Original Chocolate, Bourbon Ball, Chocolate Mint and Caramel Turtle—combines the backbone, body and base flavor of aged American whiskey with all-natural essences of classic and contemporary chocolate favorites.

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    Pappadeux Seafood Kitchen: Springdale, Ohio

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    A trip on assignment to Maysville, Kentucky finally gave me the opportunity to venture on my return to the Cincinnati area to the Pappadeaux’s restaurant in Springdale, Ohio at the northern edge of the metropolitan area. As I hoped it was a good choice to have an excellent supper on my way back home.

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  20. Susie Sweetdog

    Susie News Fall 2015

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    Susie has some good news to announce for the Fall of 2015. She is always good at telling us and her little brother boy what!

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  21. Kentucky Gateway Museum Center

    Kentucky Gateway Museum Center: A Hidden Gem on the Ohio River

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    A journey to Maysville Kentucky to the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center.

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  22. Exterior

    Comfort Inn & Suites: Grenada, Mississippi

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    Recently we had the unfortunate need to travel to Beaumont, Texas for a family funeral.  Since this amounted to a journey of 950 miles each way, it was imperative for us to stop for the night along our route.  We were looking for somewhere to divide up the trip into a two day drive, and Grenada, Mississippi was a little more than half-way.

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  23. Calm interaction

    Dog Park Tips

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    Right at the top of the list of things that Susie enjoys doing is making a trip to the dog park. It is amazing to see how she knows when we are getting close and as soon as she sees the fence with her friends – both canine and human – on the other side, she begins to vocalize and get excited. 

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  24. Gingko Tree Cave Hill (Photo by Mike Miller)

    On Patrol looking for trees…

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    In the heart of Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville is one of the largest Gingko trees in the state of Kentucky. On a recent visit, we wandered into its presence. All the leaves were a bright yellow. It was 2:00 in the afternoon on November 8th so the light was hitting the tree at a sharp angle. The reflections off the surface of these usual shaped leaves filtered throughout the giant tree. This tree is the volume of a two-story house with about 3000 square feet. I was told that all Gingko trees shed their leaves on the same day. The gingko is a living fossil dating back 270 million years. The word Gingko is derived from the Japanese word ginkyo meaning “silver apricot”. The realization that this tree was 150 years old reminds us to think about all the history it had witnessed and that we are standing in a sacred place. 

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  25. Abbey Road on the River (Photo by Mike Miller)

    On Patrol for the Best Beatle Experience…

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    My wife and travel partner, Carolynn, saw The Beatles on September 3, 1964 at the Indianapolis State Fair. She was 13 years old. She sat on the 20th row on the floor with her friends, Janice and Penny, and her sister, Sharon. “It sounded like being inside a jet engine. I knew then that something bigger than The Beatles was happening”, she told me recently. It changed her life. 

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