Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Winter Adventures in KY

Joe went TDY to KY for a week and I got to go with him. (It's a great perk of not having a job!) It was fun to get to stay in a nice hotel, see family and visit Louisville on the governments dime. We said it was almost like a vacation. Part of the reason I wanted to go with Joe is we got to see family during the visit. My youngest brother Daniel goes to school in TN. We saw him on the drive up and back. Here we ate dinner at the Davy Crockett Diner. You can't really tell in the picture, but they are standing in front of a huge, wooden statue of Davy. We got to eat out at lots of unique places in Louisville. Joe and I always try to find the local spots to get the full flavor of the city we're visiting. Here we're at Lynn's Paradise Cafe, which was featured on the Food Network. Unfortunately we didn't get to eat there because of the power outage (more about that in a minute). My favorite spot on the trip was the Highlands Coffee Shop. They had DELICIOUS coffee.
When we were driving up to KY on Sunday it started to snow a little. We figured no big deal. Monday it snowed more and got really cold, down into the teens. Tuesday we woke up to a few inches of snow. At this point it wasn't really too big of deal. Then Tuesday night a big winter storm came through the state bringing ice during the night and then snow Wednesday morning. The ice caused trees to break off large limbs and power lines to snap down. Over half of the state lost power. Luckily our hotel didn't, but Joe ended up not working because the people he was working with didn't have power at home. The picture above and the following are ones we took Wednesday and the rest of the week. We definitely got our fill of winter weather this year!
The worst part about the storm was all the ice, although it was beautiful to look at on all of the trees. The ice was about an inch thick. This tree had cherries on it.
Joe is down cleaning off our car. There was a few inches of snow and then underneath was a thick layer of ice.
The view from our hotel room the morning after the storm. You can't really tell, but it's snowing.
Despite the crazy weather we were able to spend time with Joe's family and his cousins. It was a good trip. If your spouse is able to travel with you for a TDY I highly encourage you to do so.


Kimmie said...

Just looking at those pictures makes me cold. What an adventure.

Katrina said...

Wow! J, you and I need to work on our natural disaster trail. I brought hurricanes and you bring blizzards! Nice.