Somerset, KY with Karen, Doug & Doug

Trip Start Feb 19, 2011
Trip End Mar 08, 2011

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With Aunt Karen and Uncle Doug

Flag of United States  , Kentucky
Sunday, February 20, 2011

We had a nice drive down and Tracy was able to get all of our packed items to fit in the trunk, so the car does not feel cramped.  That will be huge as we continue onward and especially once we begin our trip west.

Karen and Doug were at the UK game when we first got here so we got to spend some time with cousin Doug, whose wife is visiting family in Florida.  With no pressing marital obligations, Doug was able to take some time and show us around the dusky surroundings.  He took us along the back road to where he will be building his house in the future and it is beautiful there.  Fields and trees and mountains, you couldn't ask for much more than that!  Next, we went and ate at a local Mexican restaurant where Tracy and I imbibed.  A margarita a piece - mine slushy goodness and Tracy's on the rocks.  I can't recall when the last time I was that tipsy in public but since neither of us were driving there was no harm done.  Back at his apartment we got to meet his puppy.  After we came in the small dog ran away and hid, which Doug advised was a real rarity.  At first we thought Tracy or I was sending off a bad vibe but later realized when enter Doug mentioned a bath and he must have been terrified by it.  Tracy wanted to take her with us since she small enough to fit in our pocket and really playful.  I was not so keen on that idea though. Eventually we went back to Karen & Doug's and spent a little time catching up before heading to bed.  Although Tracy was looking forward to spending some time with their dogs as well, she changed her mind once we realized they decided to pick a fight with a skunk.

Sunday morning we took our time getting up and just hung out with Karen, sipped a bit of coffee and discussed everything in the world.  John and I picked up a book that discusses some of the most common questions people have about Peace Corps service.  John took a bit of time to read it aloud to us which brought up several interesting discussions.  Uncle Doug later joined us and we spent the morning in uproarious laughter as everyone picked on everyone else.  

We then headed down to check out their new barn, which is beautiful!  They have a lookout and flat area above the office where I could imagine spending time as a kid and sleeping there...heck we might just do that next time we stay there.  Karen and Doug pulled out Eeyore, their newer draft horse, who is huge and beautiful.  Karen & I (Tracy) both took turns riding him.  He is still being broken in and it is amazing how much of a difference the training does to a novice like me when riding.  Eeyore such a calm/sweet horse and definitely lives up to his name, and when he's done, he's done.  Karen got back on him for a few minutes just to ensure that he knew he was not in control.  Someday maybe I'll be a strong enough rider to learn how to break a horse.    
When I was younger I never could have imagined living in the country.  As I was just standing there listening to nature an amazing calmness came over me and I realized what a great life it could be!
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