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Day 6: “Churchill Downs” and Famous Graves at “Cave Hill Cemetery”

Sunday, June 6th, 2021

Part Two

After a long and exciting night at Waverly Hills last night, I slept in this morning as long as I could.  Needing the sleep and relaxation, it felt good to take things much slower today.  Being out of my routine can get a bit rough on me, so I try to find pockets of time like this to recharge so I am a viable human being for the day. I am so excited for the races!!

First time anywhere is always so exciting-
I’m at Churchill Downs!

Arriving around 1 p.m.,  Steph, Ari and Cheryl gave me a tour of the grounds before we then headed up to make our bets.  “La Tourista” was the horse I bet on for the simple fact that it had “Tourist” in the name…I mean, come on, I know NOTHING about betting or horses.  I bet across the board, spending all of $6.  Yeah, never been a big gambler- that feeling of losing money just stinks and so to me the “gamble” is never really worth it. But for today’s purpose, I wanted to say that I had bet on a horse at the famous home of the Kentucky Derby, and that felt really special.

The Main Area you first walk into
Arianna, Stephanie and Cheryl hanging with me at the Races!
Where they show off the horses after the Races
Wagering Windows
“La Tourista” has to be lucky, right? Right?
I made my first bet at the Kentucky Derby!
No, I am not a big gambler lol

We found our seats, and it was so great to see the real thing in front of me.  It’s crazy of how far off they start, wayyyy back in the corner, and then you really don’t get into it until they come around the turn that is right in front of the crowd.  And in true fashion, my horse came in dead last….so you’re welcome for the donation, Derby.  I didn’t expect the win, so it was actually pretty funny. It would have been more shocking to have actually won something.  We grabbed some lunch in the food court,  I had a hot dog and chips- and technically qualifies as some where new because it was at the track.

A view of the stands from the ground
So exciting to see the track for the first time!

We stayed for another race that we watched on the top, and then went closer to the track for the last race. It was really cool to see them up close and to hear everyone cheering and getting so into it.  A great experience that everyone should have at least once.

Walter waiting for his horse to come in
Winners Circle Area

After the races, we headed to Cave Hill, Cemetery, to find Muhammad Ali and Colonel Sanders graves.  We had a good time looking at all the different ones, and then we finally found both of them, including Mr. Sander’s wife, Claudia.  Beautiful stones, Ali had hundreds of roses all over his grave, the anniversary of his death just passed on June 3rd.

The grand entrance to Cave Hill Cemetery
I love a tree lined road
Muhammad Ali’s Gravesite
Colonel Sanders Gravesite
This stone was just beautiful
This infant gravestone was very unique
What I have learned with visiting Cemeteries all over the USA is that they reveled in the Egyptian Culture and saw the pyramids and statues as royalty they wanted on their own gravestones.
I love the ones with pets
Aliens? OK…..

Today’s Moments of Kindness: This one is actually kind of funny. When we were in the Cemetery, we had rolled the windows down to take pics, because we were too lazy to get out. Well, the 17-year-old Cicadas are here, and one flew into the car. We heard this thing. mile after mile, making noise somewhere in the car. I was kind to the bug…. because we never found him. LOL Sadly, his deceased body was found days later as they cleaned out the car…. maybe not a kind thing as much as a funny thing.

As we headed home for the day, we passed a woman in a decked-out Coca-Cola car with a “friend” in the front seat. Now, I have Walter, so I can’t talk, but…. looking over and seeing this was just not an everyday occurrence. It was truly funny and bizarre.  I am exhausted and probably going to bed early tonight…I would like to have some resemblance of energy for tomorrow. LOL Hope you all had a great weekend, see you tomorrow.

I mean, live your best life, right?

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