Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

What the Beck?????

Preparing and Starting my First Kentucky trip

Monday, August 31, 2015

       My Kentucky trip began with the planning. I started at the Aurora Auto Mall, where I rented a cute, little, white Chevy Horizon. I wanted an economy car. It was really roomy, but any time in a car gets old quickly. I had a five hour and 55 minute trip to begin.
       I rented the car for Monday, August 31st through Friday, September 4th. I was surprised that it only cost me $24 a day with no mileage cost. The car also got about 55 – 58 miles per gallon. 

       The next thing I did was schedule the Sandwich Vet to board my sweet girls. The pups were very unhappy on Monday morning when I dropped them off at 7:30 a.m.. Prior to going I was "baggie happy." I prepared food for each meal in individual baggies. I also had a treat bag for each dog and a special bag for Willow's meds. The girls at the vet told me that they were glad that I did this because it made it so much easier for the kennel staff. Okay, it is a little anal - okay maybe a lot!  But it worked.

Being prepared can never be a bad thing for this girl

Unfortunately, they are on different food, because
Willow has to have hypo-allergic expensive food.

       I then drove to the Hertz Rental, picked up the car at 9:00, and headed for two Kentucky cities that are side-by-side. Dry Ridge and Williamstown are about 15 – 20 minutes south of Cincinnati, Ohio. I made good time and arrived in Dry Ridge where I was going to stay at the Hampton Inn. Unfortunately, the sign pointed to the left for Dry Ridge and the hotel was to the right, so I started out lost. Unlike many men, I pulled over and asked these sweet little girls and their Moms for directions. The girls were having a bake sale, so I donated $3.00 for some cookies and directions. I could now see the hotel from where we were standing.

I loved the people of Kentucky
       I checked in, as my reservation was ready to go, because I had confirmed while on the road, or should I say on the roadside.  Okay Steve, here comes the typical Becky move – after watching Hotel Impossible I knew how to check for bedbugs, and inspected the room for cleanliness. Stop laughing!  No bugs…no dirt…a truly lovely room except it smelled slightly musty.

       I decided to drive around and inspect both towns before I lost my light. The towns are as close as Geneva and St. Charles, so I quickly got my bearings.

This is downtown Williamstown
It was so darn quaint

This is their courthouse.
After this, I was so hungry,
 so I quit driving and went to dinner

       I was now starving so I went to the Waffle House. This was a favorite memory of mine from living in Florida. I was dead wrong!  The wait staff yelled across the room to ask basic questions, and the place needed a good cleaning. This worried me, so I ordered a wonderful salad. I also ordered some cheese grits as these were another Florida favorite. I was definitely not in Florida, Dorothy!  They gave me regular grits with a slice of American cheese atop it.  Oh well – the salad was very good and the waiter was nice, but I crossed the Waffle House off of my list of dining choices for the rest of the week.

Next entry:  Tuesday morning in Williamstown, KY

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