Natural Bridge Drive

“…in the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love”…and a Porsche owners fancy turns to thought sof winding two lane roads, mountains, exciting views and pizza. OK, maybe not everyone’s fancy.

However, on a recent fine Spring day, KYPCA arranged a drive to meet up with the Bluegrass Region (from Lexington, KY) and drive togte4her out to Red River gorge, Natural Bridge State Park with a stop at Miguel’s Pizza.

The Red River Gorge is a canyon system on the Red River in east-central Kentucky. Much of the Gorge is located inside the Daniel Boone National Forest.  This intricate canyon system features an abundance of high sandstone cliffs, rock shelters, waterfalls, and natural bridges with more than 100 natural sandstone arches. The number of sandstone cliff-lines have helped this area become one of the world’s top rock climbing destinations.

Kentucky’s Natural Bridge State Park is immediately adjacent to this area, featuring one of the largest natural bridges in the Red River Gorge. Because of its unusual and rugged nature, the Red River Gorge features a remarkable variety of ecological zones.

As the Red is two hours and over 130 miles away, we met earlier than usual.  The day started with an intense rain storm and lightning show which let up in time for our group of 10 cars to gather to head for Lexington to meet up with Bluegrass Region 12 cars.  The clouds gave way to clear skies which by noon, had become a beautiful, sunny day.

Due to the distance, we made our way mostly on freeway, stopping for the excellent pizza at Miguel’s; a destination breakfast/lunch/dinner/camping/shower spot for the many rock climbers attracted by the area’s many cliffs.

After lunch, we made our way the short mile hop to Natural Bridge where a number of us chose to ride the chair lift to visit the bridge. The ride up to the bridge was spectacular.

The sandstone arch that is called Natural Bridge has stood for millennia and is 78 feet long, 65 feet high, 12 feet thick and 20 feet wide. Some geologists believe that the stunning natural sandstone arch is at least a million years old. Natural Bridge is composed of what is known in geological terms as Pottsville conglomeratic sandstone. Large blocks of stone falling off either side of a narrow sandstone ridge caused the first opening that began the transformation of the sandstone outcropping into an archway. The weathering process, along with the root systems of plants, continued to develop the unique archway.

After visitng the bridge, our group made our way back “overland”, following the many scenic two lane roads crossing this end of the Appalachian Mountains back to Louisville through Irvine, Richmond, Lexington to home.

A long day, but much fun.

Chihuly Night’s

Chihuly Night’s at Maker’s Mark

 

Saturday, August 19 you can enjoy the art of Dale Chihuly with Chihuly Nights – a special, limited-run nighttime exhibit from 6-10pm throughout the distillery grounds. As darkness descends you’ll experience the artwork in a whole new way.

 

While on the grounds, you’ll have the chance for a self-guided tour to learn how Maker’s Mark bourbon is made, and sample some too.

 

The tour is $20/person and must be bought in advance.

 

For those who choose, a three-course communal dinner and paired cocktail setting is available at 7:30pm. Seating is limited. Tickets $100/person and includes admission to Chihuly Nights. Must be 21 years of age for dinner.

 

Visit:

https://www.makersmark.com/Chihuly

for more information and to purchase your tickets.

 

We will depart from Arthur K Draut Park (across from the Blue Grass dealership) at 5:45pm.

 

Please RSVP to Jason Miller millermd@twc.com and indicate Tour Only or Dinner by Friday, August 11.

 

Keeneland Concours July 15, 2017

It’s time to head to Lexington and meet up with the Bluegrass Region for the 2017 Keeneland Concours.

The Club will be purchasing 50 tickets which includes 25 car passes for the paddock parking.  The first 25 cars to arrive the morning of the drive will receive a ticket for the driver and a car pass. The remaining tickets will be given to drivers first.  Once all drivers have received a ticket any remaining tickets will be given to passengers.   Tickets will be available day of show as we drive in.

We will meet at 9:45am in the parking lot of Dairy Queen next to Bachman VW on Hurstbourne, with a departure time of 10am. You can head home at your leisure.

Jason Miller

KYPCA President

Town Branch Distillery May 2017

The Kentucky and Bluegrass Regions came together for the second time this year for a drive to the Town Branch Distillery in Lexington.  We had about a dozen cars start out in Louisville and we took a scenic route toward our lunch spot in Midway where we would meet up with the members from the Bluegrass Region.   The back roads of Kentucky are an absolute joy this time of year.  We did catch up to a rather large piece of farm equipment moving along our route and it was impressive to watch oncoming traffic navigate it way around.  Soon enough our paths diverged and we were able to proceed.    We stopped for lunch at Mezzo Italian Cafe in Midway and they did a great job for us.  It was quite the sight seeing the town square filled with all of our cars.   After lunch, we continued our journey into Lexington and visited Town Branch Distillery.  This is also home to the Alltech Brewery which is the maker of beers such as Kentucky Ale, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Kentucky Kolsch.  This facility is located just a short walk from Rupp Arena.  The visitor center, distillery and brewery are all closely situated and as a part of the tour you have the option to sample four of any of their products.  One of my favorite samples was Bluegrass Sundown which is a dark roasted coffee infused with Kentucky bourbon and sugar.