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A Photo Essay: Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill

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If you’re in the area, Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill is definitely worth a day trip! You can tour a bunch of historic buildings in the village–tons of interesting artifacts, history lessons galore and a fantastic staff. The Village also owns 3,000 acres of the surrounding countryside with 40 miles of trails. If you’re in the market for a more budget-friendly trip (read: free), you could walk around the village, see the animals and gardens and then hit the trails! But the admission price is well worth exploring the buildings and seeing staff presentations if you feel like splurging (just $15 from Apr-Nov and $7 from Nov-Mar). 

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mid-week round-up

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Late on the links today, darlings, too busy taking in views like the one above. ; ) We made our way to Berea, KY earlier to hike about on the Indian Fort Mountain Trail (otherwise known as The Pinnacles), a part of the Berea College Department of Forestry. Indian Fort is one of the oldest managed private forests in the United States. We also checked out some craft stores, got some tea at Berea Coffee and Tea, walked around Berea College’s campus and chowed down at Papa Leno’s. Now to couch potato it up, watch Rupaul’s Drag Race and round up some links for y’all!

Kentucky Senate candidates both get loud about coal.

A huge setback for women’s rights.

Are food deserts to blame for rise in crime?

Round-up of hospital stories, if the subject strikes your fancy and you’re in a book readin’ mood.

When I decide to take my crock-potting to the next level I’d like to try this.

Why we should care about Monica Lewinsky…even now.

Coveting a pair of these convertible pants to have on hand for future adventures.

Fascinating Twentieth-Century pregnancy narrative from Rio de Janeiro.

Savory French Toast recipe. Would have never thought of this!

One school district does away with traditional public schools.

What a difference a couple years makes.

Sometimes the American dream means being mobile.

Hope everyone has a fantastic rest of the week! You’re doing a great job!!! ❤

Summer days/Summer nights.

Hey y’all, just wanted to share a few pictures and fun stuff from the last couple of weeks. No rhyme, nor reason…just a trip to Bowling Green, K.Y. and the ol’ fourth of juLY! Ok so maybe some rhyme.

Chet and I met in Bowling Green when he was getting his masters and I was working for the WKU forensics team so fueled by the promise of nostalgia and some beloved familiar faces we decided to load up the Subaru and swing down to Warren County for a couple of days. In true BG fashion we did a LOT of casual family dining at various restaurants new and old (thumbs up to 643, thumbs down to Novo Dolce and always and forever my ❤ belongs to the Ichibanians).

Hilariously, our friends Ben and Chad clued us in to a hidden secret: The best coffee in Bowling Green can be found at Olive Garden. Wacky, right? But I’ve gotta hand it to them…we went and tried it out and both agreed our cup(s) of joe were super on point. Just ask to sit in the bar area (there are cozy lil booths and the service is snappy) order up a carafe or two and get a round of tiny desserts. So random but surprisingly a decadent experience. Only in BG…HA!

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We also hit up a bunch of consignment stores. There seems to be one of these establishments on every block in the beege but unfortunately, the consignment game in Lexington is considerably lacking. We scored a red coat wrack with shiny silver hooks and a Mark Twain voodoo doll from Consignment Corner. The former is looking fantastic hung by my back door and the latter is resting happily atop a bookshelf. At Labold and Sons, Chet and I clocked this sweet print from Print Mafia as soon as we walked in the door.

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We took these lil babes home, along with a Polaroid camera that would, later in life, inspire the design for the Instagram logo.

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Chet found a recipe for some magical solution proclaiming to work wonders on whitening and brightening old electronics. I’d like to see if we can’t get this thing looking sparkly and new!

We had such a wonderful time catching up with our BG pals (and watching COPIOUS amounts of drag queen videos) that we needed a LOT of fuel to make it back to Lex…some more fuel than others.

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Now, jumping ahead a week or so! I had to work on The Fourth of July which was sort of a huge bummer because it’s a favorite of mine. Luckily, I came home to a sparkler party! What a save!!!

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Just serving some patriotic, Lady Liberty realness (did I mention we’ve been binge watching Rupaul’s Drag Race since returning from BG…that Ben…what an influence!)

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So happy to spend my Fourth with this one. He’s pretty much the cutest…and takes all my requests for front-facing camera selfies in stride, even when they involve holding fire.

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A trip to Salato Wildlife Center!

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Last Friday, Chet and I strapped on our new trailrunners, packed up lunch and hit the road for a quick half hour drive to Frankfort, KY to visit the Salato Wildlife Center. I can not recommend this place enough. Their grounds include free fishing lakes and hiking trails. For just $4 for adults you can see a bunch of sweet animals, interactive exhibits and educational material about indigenous plants and wildlife. We arrived a little after 11am and decided to pay to check out all the animals first thing. We spent about 2 hours wandering around amongst fish, turtles, deer, bobcats, eagles and all sorts of critters native to the state. There were animals and exhibits both indoors and out, as well as a really cool “living stream” complete with a waterfall and a view of what was going on “under the sea” from indoors. My favorite animals were the bison; Chet’s favorite were all the fish. Since we had our lunch in our backpacks we decided to forgo exiting the paid part of the park to eat in the picnic area and instead find a bench to dine with a view of the animals. We found a covered bench overlooking the bison grounds and feasted on sandwiches, carrots and spicy dried chickpeas. We also downed a ton of water because it was pretty hot out and we were both feeling a little sunshine cray and sweaty. We had seen a sign saying the days free educational program was at the bobcat area so we swung by to check it out. We learned the zoological term “enrichment” basically means yoking up the animals to promote species-specific behaviors. The gal leading the program yoked the bobcats up in a variety of manners, my favorite of which involved giving the cats big ice cubes to play with because, funnily enough, this is Wink’s FAVORITE enrichment. We have now taken to calling it enrichment whenever we are playing with Wink. After the bobcat program, which provided ample time for our food to settle, we hit the trails. This was a super fun 4.5 mile hike, no steep inclines (Franklin Co. is by no means mountainous) just lots of switchbacks and ruins to explore. We walked through some fire nettle which provided an interesting 20 minutes or so of feeling like my legs were on fire and got our fair share of chigger bites…welcome to Kentucky! Once we got off trail we rested at a picnic table in the shade to chug more water, eat a little snack and hang out with some geese and duckies. We also walked down to the fishing lake to scope out a good spot for a future trip to cast out (Salato will loan you fishing poles for free! You just have to bring your own bait. Score!). We headed home sweaty and blissed-out from an awesome day outside in the sun in plenty of time to cook dinner. Here are some snaps from our day!

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What adventures have you been embarking on lately? I’d love to hear.