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Walt Drechsler

One if by land….

Pellucidar has finally found her way back into the water. We are now going through the long, audacious process of cleaning and putting the boat back together. In addition, we have a gaggle of new systems that need to be set up and/or checked out. All before we leave for our shake down cruise to the San Juan / Gulf Islands in June.

You would think with all we have to do and such a short amount of time to do it in we would be focusing all our efforts to that endeavor. Nope. We decided to take in the Kentucky Derby!

We met Linda’s sister and brother in Seattle Tuesday night as we were flying out early Wednesday morning. We began our festivities at Bahama Breeze with good food, great drinks and lots of catching up.

Most of Wednesday was spent traveling. Seattle to San Francisco then on to Cincinnati. We hooked up with Greg and Mo, Linda’s brother and sister in law, at the Air B & B we arranged in Jeffersontown. This is just outside of Louisville puts us very close to Churchill Downs.

Greg and Mo picked up our tickets from town and even had dinner waiting when we arrived. I have some pretty special in-laws.

Wednesday started early, especially with us being on East Coast time! We made a trial run to the Expo Center where we will park for the racing. We got parking passes that came with our ticket package!

Next on the schedule of the Louisville Slugger baseball plant museum.

The tour was great and very informative. It was extra special as Linda’s family had grown up with Harmon Killebrew and his family. There were several references to him and his career over the years so it was nice for them to have that connection.

Sandlot was a feature exhibit as well. I have fond memories of that movie as the boys were growing up. We must have watched that movie 20 times.

We tried to get a tour of the Evan Brown distillery but we got there too late and the tours were all spoken for. Never ones to be discouraged, we wandered down the sidewalk until we found our own little slice of heaven and did our own taste testing.

Next on the agenda was the Kentucky Derby Festival Parade. Again Greg had arranged great seats for us and we enjoyed many of the floats and groups marching through.

We were very surprised when the Idaho Spud Truck showed up!

All in all it was a great parade.

We finished up the night with a great dinner at the Cattleman’s Roadhouse and headed for the barn to review our race sheets. Tomorrow is our first day of racing!

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