To say that it has rained here, would be an understatement. Certainly, others across the country have also seen a lot of rain recently too. We had flood watches and the rivers, ponds and streams were certainly full, creating some pretty waterfalls.
So with rainy weather and being stuck inside, it is a great time to cook! Rick and I made some homemade cream of mushroom soup one night for dinner that we had with some hot crusty bread. Yumm! I also recreated a dinner that I made at a cooking class, which was pork chops, mashed potatoes with a secret ingredient of nutmeg on them and then the crowning glory of sweet red cabbage that cooked all day in the slow cooker. Boy did the RV smell wonderful with the fresh apple and cinnamon sticks simmering with the cabbage.
Our outdoor work here has been curtailed a bit this week by all the rain but we had some indoor work as well. This week we helped to get a golf cart ready for sale as well as a circus wagon concession cart. Any one looking for a cool concession cart or golf cart out there, let us know.
We also took some time to do a bit of touristy sightseeing and went to the Kentucky Derby Museum and took in some horse racing at Churchill Downs. Even though it was raining for most of the day, we still had a great time.
Included in the museum admission is a guided tour around Churchill Downs. We had a great tour guide who was a wealth of information on everything horse racing and Churchill Downs. Interesting fact, did you know that a necropsy, an autopsy on a horse, was done on Secretariat and it was discovered that he had an enlarged heart that weighed 21 lbs. where most horses’ hearts are around 12 pounds. This then allowed Secretariat the ability to sustain a longer full out run longer than most other horses, which is probably why when other horses were reaching their max in the triple crown races, he was just getting started and was able to continue racing at full speed.
The museum was very interesting and interactive. The have an 18-minute movie which is done in the round and really does a good job of telling the story of everything that leads up to a Kentucky Derby. The museum then had two floors of exhibits and really gave you a good look into raising a race horse and the Kentucky Derby experience. We also had to stop at the famous Derby Day hats. $200 for this one...I quickly put it back!
We had lunch at the Derby Café on the grounds and what trip to Kentucky wouldn’t be complete without trying the Kentucky Hot Brown delicacy. This sandwich was really good and the creamy bechamel sauce put it over the top.
We then stayed for the last twilight races of the season. While certainly not as busy as a Derby race, there were a lot of folks there, watching the races, placing bets, walking around the grounds and partaking in the food trucks and live music in the courtyard. We even bet on some games and won!
We also had a nice evening out this week with our hosts. After striking out on our first choice for dinner upon finding the restaurant closed for the evening, we went to the Lighthouse, which is a floating dock on the Ohio River. Think of a floating bar that serves food and has some live music. They were even getting a new outside cook area ready so that could have a Hootenanny. We might just need to come back and experience that one!
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