Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Kentucky Derby

 A few weeks ago we had the amazing opportunity to head to Kentucky for the Kentucky Derby!  It was something I never would have imagined doing and it was so much fun!  We went with some friends and all rode together in a big van.  We had some trouble getting started, but after our road trip began it was all fun from there on!  We even stopped for ice cream!

Our first day in Kentucky we spent the morning zip lining though a mega cavern. It was definitely not for the faint of heart.  We braved it out though and ended up having a great time. 

Next, all the girls in the group got to be pampered all afternoon.  We enjoyed the spa, went hat shopping and took in the sights at the gorgeous hotels.  

The girls were texting me and wanting to see a picture of my hat so I sent them a quick photo. 

Then they sent me pictures of the hats they had made with Gigi!  It was such a cute project for them and they wore them while they watched the Derby the next day. 

We stopped for a quick drink at one of the hotels and I tasted my first mint julep!  Then we made our way back to the house we were staying at for the night.  

We woke up the next morning excited and ready to experience all the Derby had in store.  It was cold and rainy, but that didn't stop us! 

I just loved seeing everyone all dressed up! That was one of my favorite parts about the Kentucky Derby.  

I didn't realize there were going to be horse races all day long, but it was so fun to get there early and see them.

By afternoon the sun came out and the stand began to fill up a little more.  We had a few more rain storms, but for the most part the afternoon was much better than the morning.

We were in a suite, so we stayed nice and dry.  The top floor was open, but they had large tents set up so we were able to enjoy and experience it without getting wet.

We all put in a few dollars and bet on some races all day long which was fun because it gave us a horse to cheer for each time!  When it was time for the actual Derby we were all so excited to cheer for our favorites.

As soon as it started the crowds went crazy and then before you knew it, it was over.  The quickest two minutes in sports! 

It was such a neat experience and a really fun trip! Who knows if we will ever get to attend again, but this was definitely a bucket list type of event and we had a blast. 

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