Pictures of the Day: Kentucky Really Shows off In the Spring!

Heaven Has to Be A Lot Like This...

Apple and Pear Trees with Bees

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.”  - Proverb

Yesterday was the sort of day we nature lovers have been waiting for. A day so beautiful it’s all but impossible to stay indoors.  Naturally, this tree-hugger had to grab her camera and take off for the yard.

I left our inside cat (Alexa) sleeping and snoring on the couch while our outside cat (Hannah) and I quoted from Robin Hood, “To the trees!

Sweet Hannah

Hannah is, without a doubt, one of the sweetest cats in the world.  She’s syrup-y sweet and I’m not convinced a sweeter-natured being has ever lived. She’s never happier than when we’re outside – in her element – with her.  We kid ourselves, thinking that we’re entertaining her, but I”m pretty sure it’s the other way around.

We did a lot of traipsing around the yard yesterday, taking pictures of just about everything along the way.

Dandelion

 “The front door to springtime is a photographer’s best friend.” – Terri Guillemets

After an especially long, cold winter Hannah and I both decided that the dandelions seemed lovelier than ever.

Hannah Loving Everything about Spring

“Every spring is the only spring – a perpetual astonishment.”  - Ellis Peters

There were countless bees buzzing around our pear and apple trees, and as long as I lurked around taking pictures, it’s a wonder they didn’t use me for target practice.

I tried to capture them in their crazy little frenzy but they just don’t show up that well in the pictures.

Spring Tree with Bees

“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.”  - Bern Williams

One thing that does show up is just how Heavenly this Spring day was and Hannah and I are looking forward to a lot more…. with or without the bees.

Spring Trees

One final thought… a pet makes absolutely everything in the world better

Hannah

Land Between the Lakes Events: 8th Annual Quilt Show at The Homeplace

Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 (2014)

The Homeplace (Land Between the Lakes)

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area invites the public to attend the 8th Annual Quilt Show, April 26-27 from 10am-4pm on Saturday, and 10am-3pm on Sunday at The Homeplace. Program is included with the purchase of general admission to The Homeplace; $5 ages 13 & up, $3 ages 5-12, and free ages 4 & under.

Celebrate quilts past and present. Whether made in 1850s or today, quilts tell a story in every stitch. This year, the story of Land Between The Lakes will be told through quilts made for the 50th Anniversary Homeplace Quilters Showcase. The story continues with treasured quilts made between the rivers from the 1850s to the 1960s. From every day to special day quilts, each are a work of art.

Step into the past on the 1850’s farm and try your hand at age-old quilting techniques from carding a cotton batt to hand quilting. Discover the importance of quilts to a mid-19th century farming family and enjoy a display of The Homeplace quilts.

Additional weekend programs include:

  • Sat., 10am      Meet the Sheep
  • Sat., 11am & Sun., 2pm    Blacksmithing
  • Sat., 1pm & Sun., 10am    Woodworking
  • Sat. & Sun., 1pm      Quilt Turning: Preservation and Stories

“The 1800s were a very important time for quilting, we encourage everyone to come to the Quilt Show to learn more about a mid-19th century farm family,” said Cindy Earls, Homeplace Lead Interpreter. “This is a great opportunity to see how quilting patterns, fabrics, and uses have changed over the years.”

Come Outside and Play at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Land Between The Lakes provides outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education for the public to enjoy. We encourage visitors to review the official website at www.landbetweenthelakes.us often for Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, safety information, maps, temporary trail and road closures, and more, or call 800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000. Follow us on Twitter @LBLScreechOwl or@LandBtwnLakes.

Read more about The Homeplace (with more pictures) on Genuine Kentucky.

John James Audubon State Park’s Annual Wildflower Extravaganza

Saturday, April 5 (2014) from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Flowers

  • Which native wildflower’s root is rumored to have been used as body paint?
  • Why are trillium plants dependent upon ants?
  • Can a dogwood tree help people with asthma?

The answers to these and many other wondrous wildflower questions will be examined at John James Audubon State Park’s Annual Wildflower Extravaganza on Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT.

Throughout the day, visitors to the park in Henderson will have the opportunity to stretch their legs and expand their minds.

Saturday, April 5 activities include:
9-10:30 a.m., Wildflower Walk – Audubon Museum front porch. Learn about the traditional uses of native wildflower plants on this half-mile to one-mile hike.
11 a.m.-noon, Wildflower Walk – Audubon Museum front porch. Learn about the traditional uses of native wildflower plants on this half-mile hike.
Noon-12:30 p.m. Kids Wildflower Scavenger Hunt – Audubon Museum back porch. In this 30-minute program for children ages 3-5, we’ll learn about shapes, colors and our local flowers on this easy paved trail.
1-2 p.m. Wildflower Walk – Audubon Museum front porch. We’ll identify as many flowers as we can on this challenging 1-mile trail.

For more information contact Julie McDonald at 270-826-2247 or juliea.mcdonald@ky.gov.

John James Audubon State Park is the site where Audubon studied and painted birds from 1810-1819. The park is equipped with cottages and a campground, and offers many recreational opportunities, including a nine-hole golf course, six miles of hiking trails, fishing and more. It also has a museum and nature center that interprets Audubon’s life through a collection of his paintings and memorabilia. For more information, visit www.parks.ky.gov or call 1-270-826-2247.

The park is located on U.S. 41 in the northern outskirts of Henderson, a half-mile south of the U.S. 41 bridge over the Ohio River.

Saddle Up! Horseback Ride at Green River Lake State Park

Horses in Kentucky

No doubt horses are enjoying the wonderful weather that’s finally arrived as much as the rest of us! Here’s the perfect opportunity for them (and YOU) to get out and enjoy beautiful Kentucky in Spring.

Green River Lake State Park and the Friends of Green River Lake will host the “Outhouse Ride” for horseback riders on April 5.

This trail ride starts at 10 a.m. at the horse trail head on Robin Road. The fee is $20 per person or $30 for a couple. The fees help pay for lunch for participants on the day of the ride, restrooms and trail maintenance throughout the year.

Door prizes will be awarded after the ride and meal. For more information, call the park at 270-465-8255.

Green River Lake State Park sits along an 8,200-acre lake and has a campground, marina, mini-golf, gift shop, picnic area, hiking trails and 22.5 miles of horseback riding trails. Green River Lake State Park is south of Campbellsville on KY 55.

*** The horses shown above aren’t at Green River Lake State Park – they’re actually Owensboro residents who, in fact, have not even been to Green River Lake State Park. They do hope to go soon, though.

The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges — more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov

Nifty Fifties Dinner and Show at Rough River Dam State Resort Park

Great Music, Great Food... Great Fun!

Nifty Fifties Dinner and Show at Rough River Dam State Resort Park

Back to back Rough River Dam State Resort Park announcements – I’m on a roll. To be more precise, THEY’RE on a roll… as in Rock and Roll.

Rough River has a few upcoming Dinner and a Show events centered around the “Nifty Fifties” and I know you won’t want to miss out on the fun.

The first Nifty Fifties Dinner & a Show will be on March 21 and the second will be May 2.

Click the picture above or HERE for more information!

Camper’s Appreciation Weekend at Rough River Dam State Resort Park

April 25 - April 26, 2014

Rough River Dam Camper's Appreciation Weekend 2014

 

Camper’s Appreciation Weekend at Rough River Dam… Tent and Bear not included.

One of my favorite places in all the world is Rough River Dam State Resort Park. If you read Genuine Kentucky regularly, you already know this. In fact, you probably know this as well as you know your own name.

It always makes me giddy to be able to share news and event information with you when it involves my favorite places, so let’s get right to it.

Rough River Dam State Resort Park is having a Camper’s Appreciation Weekend on April 25 and April 26, 2014.  Click the image above or the link below for more information and be sure to tell everyone you know.

Click Here  for all the details, campers.

Wildflower Weekend at Natural Bridge State Resort Park (April 11 – 13, 2014)

Get Those Cameras Ready, This Will Be Beautiful!

Kentucky Flowers

Have the past few days been ridiculously beautiful or what?! To say they’re just what we needed would be an understatement of gross proportions, but I”ll go ahead and say it anyway… this weather is just what we needed!

If you’re like me, you also need to see as many spring and summer “Kentucky Event” announcements as possible.  Each one is laden with hope for warmer weather and promises of outdoor activities.

Fortunately, here’s another one to help get us through the… ahem… snowy weather that’s headed for us.

Again.

The Kentucky Native Plant Society’s Wildflower Weekend, April 11-13, 2014, is a chance for botanists, gardeners and nature lovers to enjoy the diversity of native plants at Natural Bridge State Resort Park.

Field trips and walks will be offered at 8:30 a.m., 1:30, 4 and 4:30 p.m. on Friday; 8:30 and 9 a.m., 1:30 and 2 p.m. Saturday; and at 9 a.m. on Sunday. All field trips leave from the Hemlock Lodge lobby.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Woodland Center, guest speaker Dr. Ross Clark, retired professor of biological sciences for Eastern Kentucky University, will give a presentation titled “The Future for Trees.” This presentation will be about bonsai with native plants. Clark is the author of “Native North American Plants for Bonsai,” which was published in 2012.

On Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the Woodland Center, the Kentucky Native Plant Society will have its general meeting followed at 7:30 p.m. with guest speaker Dr. William H. Martin, who will present “Forests of Kentucky: an overview of their past, present, and future.” Martin is a retired professor of biology and a former director of natural areas at Eastern Kentucky University. Martin is also a former commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources.

On-site registration fee is $10 per adult and $3 per child. Registration is open 30 minutes before all field trips and presentations. An agenda will be available upon registration. For more information about Wildflower Weekend contact Brian Gasdorf at brian.gasdorf@ky.gov or call 1-800-325-1710. For more information about the Kentucky Native Plant Society visit www.knps.org

Natural Bridge State Resort Park is home to one of the larger natural arches in the state and is surrounded by Daniel Boone National Forest. Natural Bridge offers lodging, cottages, and campground accommodations. Hiking trails and other recreational opportunities are available. For more information call 1-800-325-1710 or visit www.parks.ky.gov/findparks/resortparks/nb

Natural Bridge State Resort Park is 52 miles southeast of Lexington and 2 miles off the Mountain Parkway at Slade, Exit 33.

Native American Weekend at Cumberland Falls: March 28-30, 2014

Sponsored by the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park  Cumberland Falls State Resort Park will hold Native American Weekend March 28-30.

The weekend, which is also sponsored by the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission with support from the Native American Intertribal Alliance, will be about the music, traditions, culture and history of Native Americans.

The schedule includes flute music on Friday evening; Native American history in Kentucky, identifying Indian myths and stereotypes, tool making and dancing on Saturday; and the role of spirituality on Sunday.

The Riverview Restaurant will have its annual buffalo buffet Saturday evening, March 29, for $21.95 a person from 5-9 p.m.

Mention the Native American Weekend and get a lodging discount of 10 percent.

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park has a lodge, Riverview Restaurant, cottages, campground, hiking trails, fishing, horseback riding, rafting, other recreational activities and a great view of Cumberland Falls.

For reservations or more information, call 1-800-325-0063.

Wildflower Pilgrimage at Carter Caves State Resort Park

Does This Sound Like Heaven Right About Now or What?!

Flowers

As a flower lover AND as  someone blissfully obsessed with the Kentucky State Parks,  this special event would excite me any day of the year – but right now, after a LONG.. COLD.. UNFORGIVING winter, it excites me like a shady front porch excites an old coon hound.

The weekend of April 11 – April 13, 2014 at Carter Caves State Resort Park is the place to be if your a nature lover – especially if you’re a nature lover who’s wild about wildflowers, and I haven’t met one yet who wasn’t.


For more information, click the link shown here in a Tweet from Carter Caves SRP’s official Twitter Page.

While on Twitter, be sure to follow @CarterCavesSRP – then skip over to the Kentucky State Park’s Official Twitter Page and follow them too! That way you’ll stay on top of everything they cook up.

Disclaimer: The gorgeous flowers at the top of the post were actually taken while we were at Rough River Dam State Resort Park. Sadly, I don’t have any pictures of flowers from our trip to Carter Caves State Resort Park – deer, trees, rocks (really, really, really big rocks), and amphitheater, signs, a gift shop, and a lodge… yes, but flowers, no.

Grand Rivers, Kentucky: The Calendar of Events is Heating Up!

Docker's Bayside Grille, The Countdown Begins...

Grand Rivers, Kentucky Collage

Sweet! I just saw that February 12 is an even bigger day than I thought.  As a baseball addict, I already had it marked on my calendar as a milestone. It’s the day the St. Louis Cardinals’ catchers and pitchers report to Spring Training in Jupiter, Florida!  It’s signals that winter will actually release its relentless hold and reminds me that I’ll soon be hearing the pop of Joe Kelly’s fastball as it slashes past the Cubs’ batter and into Yadier Molina’s glove as opposed to the sound of my chattering teeth.

Seriously, at some point Alaska has to take its weather back, doesn’t she?

While studying the Grand Rivers 2014 Event Calendar this morning, I noticed that there’s even more reason to celebrate Feb. 12 – one of our favorite places to eat breakfast and/or lunch at Lake Barkley… Docker’s Bayside Grille at Turtle Bay… opens back up for the season!

When I think of SPRING and SUMMER, I  think of St. Louis Cardinals baseball, grilling out, and countless trips to Lake Barkley, Kentucky Lake, and Land Between the Lakes. Docker’s figures into all of this deliciously. It’s part of the whole system, you see.  We plan our trip to the lakes brilliantly – get there early enough to enjoy a relaxing brunch at Docker’s, then squeeze in as much sight-seeing and picture-taking as two people can get in one day – all while listening to baseball on the radio.

Supper is either…

  • fried catfish at Lake Barkley State Resort Park, one of the Willow Ponds, or Catfish Kitchen
  • pizza or something equally wonderful at Majestic in Draffenville
  • or.. a new obsession we recently discovered, Mama D’s in Calvert City (Mama D’s Pizza… OMG!)

Then, with stomachs full and souls satisfied, we return home to Owensboro with… you guessed it… baseball on the radio.

This isn’t just my summer – this is my Heaven on earth.

Check out Grand Rivers Calendar of Events and start planning your own Heavenly days in the sun.

Read More Reviews for Green Turtle Bay on Genuine Kentucky:

Green Turtle Bay Condos (Review) - Plan your summer vacation NOW! The condos are just gorgeous – like something you’d expect in the Florida Keys. They’re right on Lake Barkley and, to sweeten the deal, within walking distance of my beloved Docker’s Bayside Grille. Everyone at Green Turtle Bay is uncommonly friendly (like the whole town!). Check them out, they’ll become a summer tradition.

Review: Docker’s Bayside Grille: Best Breakfast and Best Lunch (What’s Fair About That?!) - This is just one of the posts in which I rave and rave and rave – and I’ve got pictures to back it all up.

Docker’s Bayside Grille at Green Turtle Bay: One of the Best Burgers Around - Burgers, salads, wraps (man oh man, is this great food!)