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I drive a lot of Kentucky back roads for my job. Sometimes I am stuck in my car for 4 or 5 hours without a break which, as you could imagine, makes me go bonkers. That’s why I am always exited when I see a park or nature attraction I can pull over to marvel at while I wait for the feeling to come back into my legs.

This week I stopped up and took a hike in Natural Bridge State Park. The landmark map said it would only be a mile away from where I parked my car, but it failed to mention it was 100% uphill so it took me nearly 30 minutes in my office flats to reach the top of this monster.

This rock formation naturally forms a bridge, thus the highly literal name.

under the bridge

Once you reach the bottom of the bridge, you have the option to either pass out from exhaustion or try to climb to the top. I decided to climb the top. On my way up I saw a family coming down off of the top of the bridge, a bridge having no walls or railings or fall protection on any side, with their infant baby in the mother’s arms. Parents of the year!

To get to the top you have to squeeze through a tiny, narrow passageway. If I hadn’t have lost 8 lbs trying to climb the mountain I may not have fit.

good luck fatties

It was totally worth it to see the view from the top. I do not know when the bridge was formed or even how (I stopped reading the educational signs once they mentioned what to do if  you see a bear) but it was nothing short of wonderful.

"That cloud looks like a moose"

I took a ton of photos of the beautiful view, but I like this one the best. These two were cuddling up and spending the day looking at the scene. I was super jealous and wish I had someone there to share it with, but its totally ok because I get to share it now with all of you!

Another great Kentucky attraction I got to see a few months ago was Cumberland Falls. I never knew there was a waterfall in Kentucky, let alone one that creates a Moonbow (a rainbow visible at night). In fact, it is the only Moonbow attraction in this hemisphere. So take that, every other state!

There it is. Now, time to go drive again.

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Going through Kentucky, I did my usual GPS search for local attractions. I didn’t see anything I loved so I hit up the website www.roadsideAmerica.com   one of my absolute favorite sites for my road trips. 

I came across the post for Colonel Sanders grave and decided I had to go for the following reasons: 

  1. In the movie Elizabethtown, Claire takes Drew to that very spot. Obviously I love that movie, see older posts.
  2. I love me some KFC.
  3. Why the hell not.

So I grabbed a two piece and a biscuit and took a trip over to the cemetary to pay my respect (when can I ever say that again).  The website said to follow the yellow line in the road, which I did, and it drove me right up to the last resting place of the late great inventor of original recipe. 

And here he rests.

 

Right as I pulled up, a song came on my ipod. It was coincidently, a song from the Elizabethtown soundtrack. It also happened to be a song about death, a very beautiful song, “Long Ride Home” by Patty Griffin. 

mad respect yo.

 

I paid my respects, enjoyed my chicken picnic, and loaded my car back up. I also saw a few other graves which I would rate as “very cool” on my gravesite rating system. One was from a man, died in his 70’s who wrote “I had a great time!” on his tombstone. I loved that. 

I did, as I usually do on these trips, have a deep prolific experience. I drove past a man, laying next to a grave in his lawn chair, looking up. It appeared to me that he had been there for quite some time, and that he probably goes often. He was old. He was alone. It made me cry. 

I also got to see a few other beautiful sites along the way. I drove by the distilleries way down in Kentucky and came by a park. This park has the most wicked awesome tree I had ever seen. I took plenty of photos. 

badass tree

 

and me.

 

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