I am getting excited. I have two great travel opportunities coming up and I’m very much looking forward to seeing new and interesting things and taking some time off from everyday life.
The first trip is kind of a spontaneous one to Louisville, Kentucky. My wonderful friend Esther is attending a work conference there at the end of September for most of the week and she did not want to go alone. So I am accompanying her on the trip and while she is in sessions I will be out and about town taking in the Louisville experience.
A side note: For those of you who don’t know me well, I am an avid horse person. I had my first horseback ride at the age of 10 and at that moment fell in love with the majestic creatures. I worked at a horse stable when I was a teenager and am now saving up for my dream of purchasing my own property to have a few horses myself one day. I am also intrigued by the tremendous athleticism of horses and while I’m interested in all equine sports there is nothing like horse racing. The beauty of the animal combined with the strength and grace of each and every motion as they maneuver around the track creates one of the most suspenseful, breathtaking and dangerous sporting events that a person could ever witness. Each year I find myself lost in that very spirit as I watch the Triple Crown races: The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness, and The Belmont Stakes. Well, The Kentucky Derby is run every year at Churchill Downs and that track just so happens to be located in Louisville, Kentucky.
So back to the trip, I’m planning my very first visit to the historic track and am looking forward to learning all about the venue and stopping by The Kentucky Derby Museum while I’m there. There won’t be any races while I’m in town but this is still right up my alley. I will be in “horse heaven.”
Hopefully Esther can join in some of the fun as well. We haven’t planned everything we are going to do yet, but I know it will be a great time with a terrific friend in bluegrass horse country.
The second, and quite larger trip, is to Monterey, California. For this one I’ll be traveling solo for work. I am attending a conference there and then extending my stay a few days after the conference to soak in the Pacific Coast. I was hoping to have my mother accompany me on this trip, but unfortunately due to her work circumstances and schedule she could not get the time. (However, I’m scouting out the place this time around, doing my research, and hopefully taking her back next summer for an even bigger and better trip). But I am looking forward to this trip. Besides, sometimes its nice to travel alone, when there is no one else to have to worry about, plan for, wait for, hurry up for, etc…
So I’m attending my conference during the early part of the week and then the last couple of days I am driving around the area in a rental car. Hopefully during the course of 8 days I’ll make it to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Cannery Row, drive the famous 17-mile highway down the Pacific Coast, visit Pebble Beach Golf Course, Big Sur, and Carmel. I’m also looking into scheduling a horseback ride on the beach. I’ll only be a couple of hours south of San Francisco so we’ll see if I can make it there as well on this trip or if that will have to wait until the next one.
My Spot of Thankfulness for today is that I’m very happy and grateful to have these opportunities. I have a wonderful job that supports continuing education and makes it possible for me to further my training and career growth. And with these occassions I often get the bonus of visiting places I would not have the chance to visit otherwise. I also have a wonderful friend that is extremely generous, always puts others first and is creative enough to always have new ideas of places to go and things to do. So to have these blessings in my life I am deeply thankful. And I am definitely looking forward to seeing some new and interesting things on my upcoming adventures.