Monday, July 7, 2014

"I've Tried Jack, I've Tried Jim"

Over Memorial Day weekend, we made a few last minute decisions about what we wanted to do with our time for a few days. I had a work event in Nashville that Saturday morning, but the rest of the weekend was wide open.

After finishing my work, Adam and I hopped in the car and drove to Lynchburg to tour the Jack Daniels Distillery. I had never been, and it'd been on our list to go and do the tasting tour that had been sold out the time he went a few years back.  I know I'm blogging a bit out of order here, but we did this before we started the KY Bourbon Trail tours I last wrote about.

We are definitely Tennesseans at heart, and we enjoy some Jack here and there. I loved every minute of the tour. It's very much about how they make the whiskey, but since this was our first tour of such a distillery I was really excited to learn about the process for the first time.  Additionally, our tour guide was great! He was informative and also funny!  I also think that we're both really over being in Indiana, so it was fun to have a really southern experience.  The tastings were great because we discovered that we like the regular old Jack better than than the Gentleman Jack or Single Barrel.

We also had lunch on the square in Lynchburg and wandered around all of the cute little shops around town before heading out.

We drove to Paducah, KY that evening and found a hotel room.  Adam has a cousin who lives there as well so we went to her house and spent the evening visiting before calling it a night.

We drove to Metropolis, IL the next morning to see where Superman is from!

We took more back roads from Metropolis over to the Garden of the Gods in Shawnee Forest in Illinois and spent the afternoon hiking and climbing. It was beautiful!!!

We finally started heading back to Indy, and we stopped in Bloomington for dinner and drinks and Upland Brewery.  Everything was quite tasty, and we managed to explore Bloomington a bit and can now feel like we can say we've seen it.

To say we slept well that night is an understatement!

One of the things I love about Adam is that he shares my desire to travel and seek out adventure.  It can be as small as just checking out a local tour of something cool or as big as a honeymoon in Italy - it doesn't really matter. I love that we can say, "we want to do this" and then hop in the car and go do it! And it doesn't have to be expensive.  Sure, we spent a little in gas and on a cheap hotel room for one night, and the Jack tour set us back a whopping $20... but in the grand scheme of things we didn't spend any more doing this for the weekend than we do during a normal weekend at home where we might go out to eat or see a movie or something.

All that to say... don't be afraid to decide to do something fun at the last minute. We love to plan things, but sometimes you can have just as much fun flying by the seat of your pants and heading out on an adventure!

1 comment: said...

Love how spontaneous you guys are, what a fun trip!