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By Glenn Arnette, III


“Everyone here kindly step to the rear and let KENTUCKY lead the way!” What a wonderful place to visit. Put on your traveling shoes and let me take you on one of nature’s most exciting vacations.

It all started in Lexington, Kentucky. Who would have thought that there is a new world of entertainment and outdoor activities lurking within the city limits and just over two hours away in all directions. Kentucky is the “unbridled Spirit!” From the Bluegrass Region to the Daniel Boone Country, you can’t imagine what is found around every corner.

On arrival in Lexington, Kentucky, the visual from the Delta Airlines was spectacular. There is not doubt that you are arriving in horse country and a city loaded with excitement. Lexington is beautiful and covers just about everything from performing arts, horses to bourbon. I had no idea that farms could be so extravagant. Someone told me they judged wealth of the farm by the number of railings on the fence surrounding the property. It certainly keep my eyes open while touring the area.

My stay in Lexington was limited, but I did have time to visit the Kentucky Horse Park and the Keeneland Race Track. The Park has more than 1,200 acres and a collection of over 53 breeds of horses for you to see up close. There are equine presentations daily and the Park houses the world’s largest equestrian museum, the International Museum of the Horse. If you want to know the history of horses, training, racing, and the people who made it famous, this museum offers 50 million years of equine history. Coming in 2010, the Kentucky Horse Park will host the largest equine event in US history, when it hosts the Alltech FEI Games Kentucky 2010, the World Equestrian Championships. As for the Keeneland Race Track, it is ranked as one of the finest in the country. When the race season comes around twice a year, it will rival the Kentucky Derby with all the fancy hats and excitement from all the guests.

With those moments in Lexington still fresh in my mind, we were driven to the Natural Bridge State Resort Park in Slade, Kentucky. This was the beginning of the “nature part” of my visit and one visit I will never forget. The Natural Bridge State Resort Park is located in the Daniel Boone National Forest and the Red River Gorge area which is known for its excellent “rock” climbing.

My accommodations at the Park were in the Natural Bridge State Resort. Kentucky truly believes in quality parks and the protection of nature and its offerings. Ron Vanover was the Park Manager and he certainly went out of his way to make things comfortable for all of us.

Dinner was at the Sandstone Arches Restaurant located in the State Park Resort. And that is just the beginning of the rest of the story! To find out more information regarding a vacation in Kentucky, contact the Kentucky Tourist Bureau at Request their 2007 Official Visitor’s Guide, Kentucky, Unbridled Spirit!

Next time we will take you on the outdoor adventure of “repelling”, rock climbing, hiking and the beauty of the Natural Bridge. Get ready to pack and travel, you will find Kentucky very inviting!