This past weekend, we ventured out on our first “real” vacation as a family of three. We’ve taken Henry to visit family overnight and to a couple of conferences, but never somewhere just for fun and sightseeing.
We had a great time! We didn’t go far, only a couple of hours away to Louisville, Kentucky, a place where we lived from 1999-2006. But the fact that we were in familiar territory didn’t hinder our ability to find things to do. When we lived in Louisville, we were so busy with work, school, and serving a church 45 minutes away that we didn’t make the time to see a lot of the things that the city has to offer.
So, what did we do? Here’s a quick run-down:
- The Louisville Zoo – We really enjoyed the zoo, and Henry did a great job riding in his stroller as we looked at the animals. He seemed most interested in the monkeys! Monkey-see, monkey-do!
- Cave Hill Cemetery – I know it may seem odd to spend part of your vacation in a cemetery, but this is no ordinary cemetery. Our friend Chip Stam was buried here a few weeks ago, alongside such notable Kentuckians as Elisha Standiford, George Rogers Clark, Louis Seelbach, and Harland Sanders. Two of my favorites are Patty Smith Hill, author of “Happy Birthday,” and Jennie Benedict, inventor of the Benedictine sandwich!
- Kentucky Derby Museum – Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby make an enormous impact on life in Louisville, regardless of how you feel about the betting that takes place. It was interesting to see the stadium and the track, and to hear a little bit about the history of this Louisville institution.
Obviously, there are lots of things we didn’t do, but we plan on taking Henry back to Louisville in the future, and as he gets older, he’ll enjoy more and more that the city has to offer.
And, what vacation would be complete without food? We were able to eat at some of our favorite restaurants…
- Martini Italian Bistro – my favorite, by far!
- Goose Creek Diner – best fried green tomatoes anywhere
- Graeter’s Ice Cream – raspberry ice cream with chocolate chunks … need I say more
We always go to church while on vacation, and this weekend we went to hear our friend Dr. Corey Abney preach at Highview Baptist Church East Campus. It’s always a blessing to worship with other believers, even when we are away from home.
So, we would definitely say this first vacation was a success, and we can’t wait until the next one!