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Our Kentucky (Road Trip) Bucket List

23 Jun

Fog in the mountains in Beattyville, KY. Elliott Hess for My Old Kentucky Road Trip, http://www.elliotthess.com

Do you have a bucket list?

No, we’re not talking about the movie with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman (though that is a fine flick). We’re not even talking about that Buried Life show on MTV (though it’s pretty awesome, too).

We’re talking about a list of things you have – either in your mind or on paper – that you want to do before you die. Wow, that sounds morbid. Let us rephrase. Do you have a list of things you want to make sure you do in your life? Things you want to see? Places you want to visit? Food you want to try? If you don’t have one, maybe it’s something to think about.

Before he died, Kentucky historian Dr. Thomas Clark was asked by a friend of his (former Lexington Herald-Leader photographer David Stephenson) to make a list of his Kentucky Treasures – 10 places every Kentuckian should visit. Clark died before he’d completed his list but his widow Loretta found a type-written list of 11 places in her husbands things. It may or may not have been his final draft. You can find that list here, along with an audio program about Clark and his Kentucky Treasures done by KET.

Last week, the Lexington Herald-Leader put together a “Kentucky Bucket List” of 50 things in the state you should see, taste or do before you die … or maybe even before the summer ends. There are a lot of great things on the list, a few of which we’ve already checked off of our Old Kentucky Road Trip list (Mammoth Cave, Wigwam Village … and we may or may not have had a run in once upon a time with some moonshine, which we are not at liberty to discuss), so we thought we’d pass it along to all of you travelers.

Early Morning on Shadwell Horse Farm in Lexington, KY. Elliott Hess for My Old Kentucky Road Trip, http://www.elliotthess.com

And in the spirit of this state bucket list, we decided to make one of our own. A few personal things we’d like to see and do in Kentucky in our lifetimes. (The out of KY list is much longer, I’m afraid).

Cameron & Blair’s Kentucky (Road Trip) Bucket List

1. See a moon bow at Cumberland Falls. Only at night during a full moon can you see this phenomenon, not found anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere.

2. See the Mississippi River at the very tip of Western Kentucky.

3. Visit a coal mine.

4. Spend a day in silence at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Nelson County.

5. See the New Madrid fault.

6. Visit Fort Knox.

7. Travel the length of Kentucky Highway 68 from Maysville to Paducah as it weaves its way through dozens and dozens of Kentucky’s most interesting towns. (It’ll take you past the Jefferson Davis monument too).

8. Attend some of Kentucky’s great food festivals. Tater Days? The Country Ham Festival? Yes, please.

Sunset over Lake Barkley. Elliott Hess for My Old Kentucky Road Trip, http://www.elliotthess.com

The Kentucky Bucket List

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(and featuring MOKRT)

For more information on each bucket list entry, head over to the Herald-Leader.

1. Visit Mammoth Cave (check!)

2. Dip a bourbon bottle into that famous red wax at Maker’s Mark in Loretto

3. Take a sip at all the distilleries on the Bourbon Trail

4. Watch Harlan County U.S.A.

5. Read the works of Wendell Berry

6. Visit the Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum in Corbin

7. Own a piece of work by a Kentucky craftsman

Read the rest after the jump!

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