Kentucky February 27, 2016
11 Ways Living In Kentucky Ruins You For Life
In the beautiful Bluegrass State, we have versatile weather, acres of lush forests and good-hearted residents. Some people have even said living in Kentucky is a paradise that ruins the prospect of living happily anywhere else. Occasionally, people will move away and not miss the beauty of their old Kentucky home, but those individuals are few and far between. Even a few of our own readers have mentioned missing the hills of their homeland here.
Here are 11 ways living in Kentucky may ruin living anywhere else for you:
11. Real sweet tea
You can find iced tea in almost every state, but finding the perfect “sweet iced tea” is a bit of a challenge. During travels I have asked for sweet tea and been given a quizzical gaze, as if I’d asked for fine red wine at McDonalds.
10. A properly prepared Kentucky Hot Brown
If you have enjoyed a real Hot Brown, toast tips covered in roasted turkey, tomatoes and Morney sauce, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
9. Our friendly people
Not to say other states are unfriendly, but Kentuckians are a special kind of friendly that is far and few between in some other states. Random acts of kindness can be found everywhere here.
8. The renowned Kentucky Bourbon
You don’t have to drink bourbon to enjoy benefits from bourbon. If you do, you likely will find the price inflation in other states quite drastic as compared to home. Those who use bourbon for cooking will also frown at the price, and think fondly of what could be considered residential discounts. Bourbon is a generous portion of our economy thanks to the abundance of distilleries, tours and festivals across the state. The fact it is used in the Kentucky Derby’s special drink, the Mint Julep, adds to the annual revenue.
7. The fame of the Kentucky Derby
Even if you don’t attend the most famous 2 minutes in sports, you will remember all the hoopla that it brings. People travel from all around the world to attend Churchill Downs the first Saturday in May each year. Some even show up on Friday for the Oaks. It is one of three things Kentucky has international renowned for, but is also a vital part of our annual economy.
6. The diversity of the Kentucky Derby Festival
The week long Kentucky Derby Festival features the world’s biggest fireworks attraction, an air show by the renowned Blue Angels, the Pegasus Parade, hot air balloon glow and race, along with many other attractions, mostly televised locally. Traffic is maddening in Louisville during this week, but the events are renowned around the world.
5. The state’s dessert, Derby Pie
Pecan Pie with chocolate, or a variation with walnuts, chocolate and bourbon, deemed Thoroughbred Pie are very difficult to find in other states, even during Derby week. If you do find them… in most cases they are a boxed version and are only a sad reminder of what your missing back home. You might as well accept you’ll be making your own if you want it to taste right.
4. Our sunsets
Watching the sun go to rest each eve in Kentucky is like waiting for the next turn of the kaleidoscope, filled with vibrant, breathtaking colors.
3. Our sunrises
Waking up with the morning sun gives us a change to enjoy our coffee, while being bathed beneath the sun’s warming rays.
2. Our beautiful lakes
Kentucky has some truly breathtaking lakes, both manmade and natural. Watching a sunset in the peaceful environment around any one of our lakes is something you just won’t experience elsewhere. Other states have beautiful spots, but they seem to fall short of the look and smell of home.
1. The serenity of our forests
Kentucky’s woods seem to literally blanket the undeveloped areas. They range in variety with some changing with the seasons. Others stay thick and green all year round, filling the air with a comforting pine scent. Relaxing, camping, hiking and just experiencing Kentucky’s nature is unlike anywhere else.
Sometimes we gave to sacrifice living in Kentucky for work or family, and though painful, we survive. There seem to be a lot more long term residents and generations of families here for the long haul though. Why? Kentucky is just special, despite the crazy weather.
What are some of your favorite things about living in Kentucky?