Finally, a Sunny Day in Kentucky!

Finally, a Sunny Day in Kentucky!

 Have you ever noticed how green the world looks after a few days of rain? I’ve seen some of the greenest fields today here in Kentucky. Even the blue sky looked bluer today. My husband and I rode around some of Madison Counties back roads and then after lunch we rode our four wheeler down in the deep backwoods. There was so much beauty there, I couldn’t capture it all with my camera but I tried.

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A Chilly, But Beautiful Motorcycle Ride

By: Darlene G. Snyder

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Our Sunday motorcycle trip took us to Estill, Lee, Owsley, Clay and Jackson Counties. We saw the changing colors of the trees as they stood along side fall flowers blooming as if they had all the time in the world. The ride was enjoyable for the most part. It changed from enjoyable to chilly after we stopped at a Dairy Queen and I made the mistake of drinking a COLD soft drink. To make matters worse, the weak side of me chose to eat a chocolate dipped ICE cream cone.  I spent the remainder of the trip shivering; luckily, we were only twenty minutes from home.

Monday afternoon’s ride took us to Poosey Ridge and to the Kentucky River – one of our favorite places to ride to in our area. The view of the shadowing on the river in the late evening is a picture begging to be painted on canvas. Darkness began to cover us on the way home, but I was able to get a few shots of a  beautiful  post sunset.

Here are some of the pictures I took. I hope you enjoy seeing my world -it sure is a beautiful one.

 

 

Take a Photo Trip With Me Around Central Kentucky

Today was a beautiful day in Kentucky – hot, but beautiful. Mike and I took a trip on our 750 Honda.  I would rather have taken the touring motorcycle, because it’s more comfortable than the 750.  The good thing about riding the smaller motorcycle though, is it’s easier to maneuver on the smaller roads that we so much like to travel.

Come with me through this photo journal of our day.  I think you might get a small glimpse into our world and understand why we enjoy traveling around the Kentucky backroads. Click on any photo to see a larger version.

The first place we traveled to was the Valley View Ferry that connects Madison County to Jessimine County. 

Valley View Ferry

Valley View Ferry

Have you ever heard the saying, get your ducks in a row? This usually is said to someone when you are telling them to get thier story straight or in the right order.  Anyway, while crossing the ferry, I spotted some ducks in a row.  Look at this, I think this is an awesome picture…
Ducks in a row

Ducks in a row

After crossing the ferry, traveling the Jessimine County backroads, I saw trees with leaves already changing to the fall colors.  They still have a ways to go before turning into the deep reds, golds and orange colors that are so significant in the autumn, but the tree lined road was gorgeous.
Leaving the ferry

Leaving the ferry

I enjoy taking pictures through page wire fences and other type fencing.  I think it adds dimension and interest to the pictures.  After traveling a few miles into Jessamine County, we drove past a bull lying in the field.  When I first saw him, I thought he looked sort of like a big old polar bear.  Mike stopped the motorcycle and pulled into the driveway so that I could shoot the bull.  He (the bull) didn’t move a muscle when I got off the bike and walked over to him.  As you can see in the picture, that little wire fence between us, wouldn’t have meant anything to the bull.  Had I irritated him, he’d would’ve taken me out any time he wanted.  Here’s a couple of shots of my polar bear bull.
My polar bear bull

My polar bear bull

Shooting the bull

Shooting the bull

Traveling on, we crossed a bridge leading from Jessamine County into Mercer County.  This was also a beautiful view.  Don’t you agree that the Kentucky River in this area is one of the most beautiful sites? 
Kentucky River at Mercer County

Kentucky River at Mercer County

Kentucky River with a rocky backdrop

Kentucky River with a rocky backdrop

Beautiful Kentucky River

Beautiful Kentucky River

Ok, these are not of the Kentucky scenery, but we had fun so I thought I’d share a couple of silly pics with you.

Can I do it?

Can I do it?

Stumped

Stumped

Tah-Dah!! I made it.

Tah-Dah!! I made it.

Our final pictures were taken as we crossed Kennedy Bridge from Mercer into Garrard County.  These photos are of the Herrington Lake and Marina.  I always hated crossing this bridge…I don’t like a lot of bridges to begin with, but this one in particular is scary.  I think one reason is that the guard rails seem to be too low, but I’m not sure that is the real problem.  It’s more likely the reason is the bridge isn’t very wide, but it is very long.

Kennedy Bridge

Kennedy Bridge

Herrington Lake Marina

Herrington Lake Marina

Herrington Lake

Herrington Lake

See what I mean?  Isn’t Kentucky a beautiful state and Central Kentucky a gorgeous area?  I love it here and I’m so proud of our state. Kentucky is a great place to live.
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Darlene

 

Walking On Hillsides

 

By Darlene G. Snyder (find me on facebook)

Kentucky Hillsides

Kentucky Hillsides at Poosey Ridge

                                                             A Shadowy Kentucky River     

                                     Shadowy Kentucy River

Road to the River 

The Road to the River on Poosey Ridge

 

Late this evening, Mike and I took a motorcyce ride to Poosey Ridge and the Kentucky River.  It had been a while since we’ve been able to ride because of Mike’s carpel tunnel in his hands.  If you know anything about riding motorcycles, you know that the clutch and brakes are on the handle bars and must be squeezed tightly when it is nesessary to use them.  This simple thing isn’t simple if you have tender hands.

Anyway, riding motorcycle is a huge stress relief for me, not to mention the thinking time I get it for my next writing project. This evenings ride conjoured up many memories of days on the farm.  Poosey Ridge is mostly a farming community even though the tobacco buyout has changed the way of the farmers. It’s always a pleasure to me to see much of the countryside in this area has been untouched by modern times.

New houses dot the landscapes all along the way, even so there aren’t subdivisions and such taking over the fields and hills. I love how there are still huge open fields with livestock enjoying the grassy fields.  The cattle. goats and horses look as if they are walking on two short legs and two long legs from grazing the hillsides in search of richer pastures.

When I was a lot younger, and had plenty of time to roam, I enjoyed walking – I mean, climbing the hills and walking the cowpaths.  As children, my cousin, sister and I walked the valleys and discovered unique areas and wondered about things like, what would happen if we saw a snake, or what if the bull chased us, what would we do.  Silly things, but we loved playing in those fields.  We made play houses under shade trees and used water from the creeks and streams to mix with dirt for our mudpies.  When we ride I always look for some of the fields and hills where we played.

I wasn’t raised in the Poosey area, but had family who lived there.  I recall as a child riding in the backseat of the car as we traveled down the long winding road.  For those of you who don’t know, most of the road  leading to Poosey Ridge narrows into a one lane, black topped road that is actually a ridge that runs along top of the hills and between hillsides and valleys.  The hills and valleys make for bad farming, but is pleasant to the eyes, especially to a country girl like me.

I took several photographs on my way down to the river and snapped even more once we arrived.  The water level was significantly lower than the last time we rode down.  One of my favorite things about going to the river in the evening is to see the shadowing of the trees against the water.  Looking at the pictures that I snapped, it’s difficult to tell the water from the sky and which way one should hold the picture.

Better stop here for now.  I’m driving an hour tomorrow morning to go pick up my grandbaby and bring him home with me. I have the pleasant opportunity and privilage to babysit him all day Saturday.  I’ll probably bore you all with every detail later!