Caitlin and I set off on a Momma/Daughter adventure to do a little exploring around Northern Kentucky.
Our first stop was at Jane’s Saddlebag, in Burlington, KY. Jane’s is a family-owned business in which they took their family farm and turned it into a fun place for other families to enjoy. We enjoyed mango wine slushies while browsing Jane’s Whine Shoppe and Wyatt’s General Store. For lunch, we ordered New York strip steaks, salad, and homemade mashed potatoes. We were more than full, but Jane’s is famous for their homemade desserts, so we shared a Buckeye Brownie and, oh my goodness, was it ever amazing! The views were spectacular, as well.
We made our way through the country backroads, enjoying breathtaking views of bluegrass and even bluer skies. Cate fell in love with this old green truck that was for sale on the side of the road. We named it Lucy.
Our next stop was at the Boone County Public Library, where I surprised Cate by showing her a statue of her sixth great-grandmother, Mary Draper Ingles. Mary is considered to be one of the most heroic women of the pioneer settlers. She was kidnapped by the Shawnee Indians, along with her two toddler sons, and gave birth to her third child while in captivity. The Indians took her sons and newborn daughter away from her and put her to work digging for salt in the area that is currently known as Big Bone Lick, KY. Upon giving up hope of ever being able to see her children again, Mary decided to escape and make her way back home, or die trying. She endured incredible hardships as she traveled almost 800 miles on foot, following the river to make her way back home to Ingles’ Ferry, VA. Several books have been written, and even a movie made, about Mary’s life. I ordered a couple of the books and gave them to Cate when I showed her the statue. She seemed very excited to learn about her sixth great-grandmother’s extraordinary life. I don’t know if Cate is ever going to share my intense love of American History, but she does seem to be very interested in learning more about her own family ancestors. This makes me happy!
Our next stop was at Mi’s Salon and Spa, in Florence, KY, where we indulged in foot soaks, massages, and facials. Yes, it was awesome! We, then, stopped at Sephora to stock up on a few cosmetics before making our way to our hotel at Newport on the Levee. After dinner at Buckheads and a stroll around the Levee to take in the sites of the Ohio River, we finally crashed in our hotel room. I woke up in the middle of the night to find Cate, sitting in bed, finishing off the rest of that Buckeye Brownie!
The next morning took us to Petersburg, KY, where we conquered Cate’s fear of heights by zip-lining. She was nervous, but she did great!
That last stop on our adventure was to Rabbit Hash, KY, where we visited the famous Rabbit Hash General Store. Lots of really old things to see. I especially loved seeing the store’s shelves stocked with everyday food and cleaning items from the old days. We bought some pottery and t-shirts, as well as some old-fashioned chocolate and spicy ginger ale. I wasn’t a fan of the spicy ginger ale.
I always love going on adventures with my daughter. Wherever we go and whatever we do, there is always sure to be plenty of goofiness and laughter!