Monday, October 19, 2009

Louisville - Part 2

I hope you have a minute...or five...this post is a long one...

We got up Sunday morning and wandered the 10 or so blocks over to the Louisville Science Center. We took our time and took in the sights along the way. Louisville has some awesome architecture!

One place of interest {in honor of Sam's love for fire trucks} was an old fire station that has been converted to an office building. Very cool!

Doorways are now windows...

Fireman's hat, hose, pick, horn

The fire station was built in 1891...

We finally made it to the Louisville Science Center and saw the Titanic exhibit. Then, we spent a few hours letting the kids explore the rest of the museum. They had a blast!

Thank goodness they had these raincoats for the kids to wear while they played in the water! Grace was wet enough even with one on!

We ate lunch and then made our way back to the hotel. We saw this fire truck along the way. I'm not sure if we {Sam} had seen one so big before.

In honor of our anniversary...

After a short rest, we did some more shopping and had dinner at J Alexander's. Everyone was pretty tired, so we turned in a little early.

Monday morning, we made a quick stop {thanks to uncooperative kids} by Louisville Stoneware. We left there, and then we were going to make a quick drive by Churchill Downs. Getting there turned out to be a little more complicated than we anticipated. And it included an unplanned tour of the University of Louisville.

We got to Churchill Downs and found out that they were giving free tours including a walk out to the track. So we signed up and were on our way. The tour was very interesting. I still know pretty much nothing about horse racing, but it was nice to hear about the place where the Kentucky Derby is held.

This is the main track. It is made up of sand, silt and clay - 75% sand. There is also an inside {grass} track that is used occasionally.

Some Churchill Downs/Kentucky Derby factoids:

9-11 races a day
$3 for a ticket for normal race day
$5,800 for trackside box for 6 for derby day
$20k for suites where celebrities hang out for derby
$40 for infield entry where they have a big party {similar to tailgating}; you don't even see race, just say that you've been there

Our tour guide explained that they didn't get lazy about updating the sign in 1973. Disney was there {a few days before our visit} filming a movie about Secretariat when he won in '73. They haven't had time to change the sign back out. The movie has Diane Lane in it {and I don't remember the big name male actor} and is due to be released in October/November 2010. We'll have to try to see it!

This horse ran in the 2002 season and placed but didn't win. He has retired and is spending some time at Churchill Downs. Beautiful horse! There is a miniature horse that is in residence there to keep the visiting retired horses company.

And this pic is honor of our Hawaii obsession...

We really had a great time in Louisville and plan to go back someday. Hopefully the weather will be a little warmer next time to accommodate us going to the zoo. And we'll definitely have to go back to the farm.

1 comment:

  1. Aloha Kim~

    I'm presently on Kauai researching an article about the Secretariat movie production. I stumbled in here and thought the coincidence would make you smile. ;-)