Friday, June 26, 2009

A Drive in Rural Kentucky


This morning the weather was perfect. Warm but not hot or humid, with a clear blue sky. We decided to go for a drive in our newly acquired convertible with the top down. (It's still new to us so it's fun). We decided to drive to Rabbit Hash because it's such a pretty drive. The scenery changes from developing suburbia to honest-to-goodness countryside very quickly as we drive down Mt. Zion Road. The road winds through horse country past barns and ponds. It's shady and cool because of large, old trees beside the road. We pass a Boy Scout camp and a farm where they keep miniature horses.

The road gets narrower and even more winding, then you come to the sign that announces "Rabbit Hash, Registered on the List of Historic Places". It's a tiny hamlet, tucked in a bend in the road next to the Ohio River. It's not a tourist trap. It's a real place where real people live. The locals come often for live music and dancing in the big barn. They have a back room in the general store where you can browse through antiques and "junktiques" as well. If you drive past Rabbit Hash and continue on the road along the Ohio River, the road becomes even narrower and trees overarch the road. Along there, there are little houses with tin roofs and porches all across the front. There are cottages of the type that would be found around a lake. There are boats parked in driveways and boys carrying fishing poles.

I would have loved to have taken photos along the way, but my husband was with me, and he doesn't have the patience to stop for photos. One day I will drive there by myself and take lots of photos. My new camera has been ordered... I can't wait!

8 comments:

Bearette24 said...

Is Rabbit Hash the place with an animal mayor?

Rachel said...

Yay! That's a promising start to the blog filled with fascinating events in rural Kentucky! And it must be great to be out of what you call a "dull subdivision" - sounds dull too! - and into countryside. Can't wait for your new camera to come either!

judy in ky said...

Bearette, yes, it is. For years they had a mayor named Junior, a chocolate lab. Last year, Junior died so they had an election to choose a new mayor. Among the candidates were several dogs, a cat, and a donkey. The new mayor is a dog named Lucy Lou. Her campaign slogan was: "A Bitch You Can Count On". (They have a sly sense of humor in Rabbit Hash.)

Rachel, yes, I plan to post many photos when I have my new, improved camera!

Susan said...

What a great name Rabbit Hatch - husbands with no patience should always be left behind to mow the lawn or tidy the garage ...or something - what's up with that ??

Cannot wait till KSS gets her new camera and takes off (dans les convertible) for some solitary scenic sleuthing.

Note : You were the only person who commented about Michael Jackson yesterday - what's wrong with people. I could not believe how many of his songs I totally LOVE.

judy in ky said...

Hi Susan,
Well, I for one am dancin' right along with you! Every time I hear one, I think that's my favorite. This morning it was "Rock with You".

Susan said...

Love that one too ... he was a genius and I think totally misunderstood. I felt very sad all day yesterday.

pierre l said...

I am sorry about Michael Jackson, although I wasn't really a fan as such.
Are you OK Judy? Things seem to have gone quiet.

judy in ky said...

Hello Pierre, I am fine, thank you for asking. I haven't been inspired to write anything for a few days. Actually, I wrote something but decided not to post it. It was about how I was still missing my friends and my job in Philadelphia. I've written about that before so I was afraid it was too repetitive.
I hope to think of something new soon!