Ready, set, go!.....to work that is
We have arrived in Campbellsville KY and tomorrow we have our first day with Amazon. So for the next 2 months we will be back to the work world. On our pre-paper work it looks like we will will be on nights Tuesday thru Friday, and it looks like picking but we won’t really know until tomorrow. Whatever it is, we are ready to go. Campbellsville is actually a nice little town especially compared to Coffeyville KS where we previously worked for Amazon. This town actually has a decent selection of stores like Walmart, Lowes, JoAnn’s Fabrics, Penny’s and out our way is a new very nice Krogers. The campground is directly across the street from the warehouse so an easy walk. It really is just a gravel parking lot with hook ups but the family running it seems very nice and the laundry and community room are also in good shape. Most people camped here are working at Amazon so we are already meeting lots of nice folks.
|Inside the visitors center of Wild Turkey|
|Visitors center at Wild Turkey|
Prior to arriving at Campbellsvile we stayed for a week at Taylorsville Lake State Park about and hour north of here. It was a beautiful park but it rained almost the whole time we were there so we didn’t get to take advantage of the trails or anything like that but we did get to know the folks camped next to us. Sam is a good ‘ole Kentucky boy who started the week there with a group of friends for deer hunting but the weather was so bad that most of the guys went home early. That left Sam with a lot of food and he was inviting the neighbors over to help him eat it. His wife did join him midweek, and Missy is a sweetie. Sam fed us most of the week. We enjoyed fish, frog legs and probably the best smoked chicken I have ever eaten. He had a new smoker and was trying to perfect a recipe and I think he arrived! His wife said they had chicken so much lately that she could hardly eat it again so Sam set the leftovers home with us and we got a second amazing meal out of it. Sam is just a very entertaining guy with so many fun stories he made the week, even in the rain, very enjoyable. His parting gift to us was a mason jar of his own moonshine and one of a drink called Apple Pie. We haven’t gotten brave enough to drink it yet.
We took a break from visiting local breweries to visit a couple of distilleries on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The two closest to us were Wild Turkey and Four Roses in Lawrenceburg. Wild Turkey is synonymous with Kentucky bourbon but now is owned by Campari, an Italian Company. They have poured lots of money into the company, basically building a whole new distillery. The visitors center is beautiful and overlooks the bridges crossing the Kentucky river, an absolutely amazing view with touches of fall starting to show through. The tour is just $5 and includes the 3 tastings. I’m not much of a Bourbon fan but I enjoyed the tour. We learned bourbon is basically moonshine (they call it “white dog”)that’s been aged in charred oak barrels for several years.
|The view of the bridges over the Kentucky River|
from the tasting room at Wild Turkey's visitor center
Next up was Four Roses. This is actually a very old distillery but for many years one of the owners made the decision to only sell it as an export. It’s very popular in Japan and now is owned by a Japanese company who had the common sense to start selling it in the USA again. This is a smaller distillery than Wild Turkey and many of the buildings are the original ones. The original owner had spent some time in California and liked the Spanish style so that is how he styled the buildings, which seems a little strange in Kentucky but I liked it. I think I liked this tour even a little better, the young gal giving the tour really filled in a lot of history and info and made it fun. A couple shots of Four Roses bourbon and we were back on the road. We even got to keep our tasting glasses.
We have enjoyed our time in Kentucky so far, it’s our first time in the state with the RV. I’ll have to add it to our map. It’s hilly, wooded and just beautiful. Our first two weeks at Amazon we will only be working 5 hour days to get us used to the pace, something they didn’t do when we were at Coffeyville. We are hoping to get to a few more places on the Bourbon Trail and discover a little more of Kentucky. Once our 40 & 50 hour weeks start we know we won’t feel like doing much on our days off. I’ve been doing better about posting and I am going to try to continue. So until then..