You Don’t Have To Go Far To Get Away
If your schedule is anything like mine, taking a week to travel around aimlessly probably isn’t an option. It seems like we get busier and busier every year, leaving precious little time for summer exploration. The days of having two months off every summer may be relegated to our childhood memories, but you don’t need a lot of time to have a lot of fun. There are a number of destinations that are only a few hours’ drive from Louisville. If you’re in search of a one-day getaway, check out these awesome destinations.
Distance From Louisville: 40 Miles
The perfect destination for history buffs, Bardstown is teeming with tributes to the past of the Bluegrass State. You can tour My Old Kentucky Home State Park, which includes the mansion that is the subject of our state song. The Civil War Museum in Bardstown is the fourth-largest in the entire nation. The city is also known as the bourbon capital of the world. Whether you imbibe or not, visiting the old distilleries and learning about Kentucky’s most famous export is a treat.
Red River Gorge, Kentucky
Distance From Louisville: 141 Miles
If natural wonders are more your speed, you can’t do much better than a trip to the Red River Gorge. While its remarkable sandstone arches get most of the attention, there is no shortage of breathtaking landscape to view. It’s also a world-renowned rock climbing destination—not that you’ll catch me hopping into a harness anytime soon. For those wanting to turn their day trip into an overnight stay, cabins and camping spaces are available at a very reasonable price. And don’t miss local staple Miguel’s Pizza.
Distance From Louisville: 100 Miles
Urban adventurers may prefer checking out a city than driving into the wilds of nature. In that case, Cincinnati's a great destination, and it’s less than a two-hour’s drive. Catch a Reds game, visit the Cincinnati Art Museum, dine at one of the city’s hot new restaurants, or do all of the above. If you haven’t been to Ohio’s third-largest city in a while, you’ll be surprised at how revitalized it is.
These are just three suggestions among many. Mammoth Cave National Park, the Land Between the Lakes, Nashville, and more all within a few hours of Louisville. You may not have a month (or even a week) to spend travelling, but thankfully you don’t need it. One of the joys of living in our area is that there’s an entire world right at your fingertips. I encourage you to do a little Googling and find the destination that’s perfect for your next family day trip.
If you are heading out on a one-day road trip and happen to get in an accident, you can call Emery Law Office at (502) 771-1LAW (1529) for help. And don’t forget to tell us your favorite nearby getaways in the comments.
With graduations and Memorial Day weekend on the horizon, it’s safe to say we’re approaching one of the most celebratory weekends of the year. I know it will be for me, as my eldest son, John Bozell, will be graduating from the Christian Academy of Louisville. He’ll be enlisting the Kentucky Air National Guard Reserves and heading of to UK in the fall to double major in computer science and computer engineering. Needles to say, I’m one proud and excited mom.
My Favorite Member of the Class of 2018
For graduates, there’s no more momentous occasion than donning their cap and gown and beginning the next chapter of their lives. At ceremonies across the area, speakers will tell graduates one well-worn piece of sage advice: You have your entire life ahead of you. It might be a cliche, but it’s true, which is why it’s so important that you stay safe while enjoying the parties and festivities.
Even if you don’t have a loved one walking across the stage this year, I’m betting that you’re gearing up for a weekend of fun and Monday off from work. And why shouldn’t you be? Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and a great time to kick back, fire up the grill, and enjoy time with friends. No matter what you’re commemorating this weekend, however, it’s important to make sure that you don’t put good times ahead of smart decision making and lawful behavior. Here are a few of my tips to stay safe and smiling all weekend long.
Have a Plan
Graduation weekend often involves hopping from one party to the next to make sure your student can see all of their friends. If you’ll be attending multiple parties, it’s a great idea to assign a designated driver. When you have to wonder if you’re okay to drive, you’re not okay to drive. Pro tip: attend the parties you’re least likely to stay at for a long time first. A quick “hello” and “congratulations” doesn’t require hanging out for hours.
Stay Hydrated and Nourished
It will likely be mighty hot this weekend, so eating food and drinking water will go a long way in keeping you alert and focused. The more water you intake, the better. But don’t think that hydrating will make you less intoxicated, because it won’t. Spacing out drinks between water, on the other hand, helps you from drinking too much too quickly. Plus, who doesn’t love some Memorial Day barbecue or a graduation party spread?
Call a Ride
Look, I can’t state this plainly enough: If you’ve had anything to drink, don’t get behind the wheel. I totally understand that you may intend not to drink only to end up taking part in a Champagne toast. If that happens, call an Uber, Lyft, or taxi. There’s no shame in it, and I promise you won’t regret it. I can’t say the same for driving drunk.
Watch Out For Revellers
There will be lots of folks downtown partying, so you need to stay extra vigilant on busy roads. You should never assume you know how a pedestrian will behave, and that’s doubly true for this weekend. Take it slow and keep your eyes peeled. Better yet, avoid busy roads altogether if you can help it.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend with plenty of smiles and zero hiccups. That said, if you are injured in a car accident this Memorial Day (or any other time of the year), call Emery Law Office at 502-771-1LAW (1529) and ask how we can help.
Congratulations Class of 2018! And Congratulations John!
Ten years ago, an incident in Louisville sparked a national conversation about the animosity between cyclists and drivers on the roads of city streets. It was even featured in The New York Times. Dan Cooley, the bicyclist at the center story, perfectly summed up the problems facing cyclists and drivers on the streets of our city. “No one knows how to share the road,” he said.
We’ve come a long way in a decade, but Louisville is still a place where car culture reigns supreme. Creating an environment that accommodates more modes of transportation, however, benefits cyclists and drivers alike. There’s no denying that cars and drivers can do a lot more damage to bicycles and riders than vice versa, but both parties have a responsibility to act safely and in accordance with the law. Simply making the effort to behave politely can help build great relationships between the folks on four wheels and those on two.
Although Kentucky is known for crazy-complex laws—just ask me about them sometime—our bike laws are pretty straightforward. Riders need to make themselves visible with lights and noises. They can’t use a bike to transport more people than the vehicle intends, so unless you have a tandem bike, your ride should be a solo experience. And like all travellers, cyclists need to follow the rules of the road. Bicycles should always travel in the same direction as car traffic, use bike lanes when available, and never ride on the sidewalk. Conversely, pedestrians should always walk against traffic when they must use a road.
The Louisville Metro Police Department has created a handy set of safety tips for bicyclists. The majority of these fall under the category of common sense, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to give yourself a little refresher. Sadly, we don’t have all that many dedicated bike lanes and pathways, so almost any commute will require sharing the road with vehicles. If you ask me, the best advice is simple: Follow the law and don’t be a jerk.
The same goes for drivers. Four wheels and an engine don’t entitle you to free reign on the roads. In fact, as a driver, you have a duty to make the road safe for cyclists and pedestrians. The old saying goes that with great power, comes great responsibility. We may not realize it because they are an integral part of our daily life, but cars are powerful (and potentially dangerous) in the extreme. Don’t forget that when you are behind the wheel.
Drivers and cyclists need to work together to make Louisville a place where everyone feels safe and comfortable on the roads. Neither party should have a holier-than-thou attitude based on contempt for their counterparts. The number of bicycles are growing and cars aren’t going anywhere. Isn’t it much better to create an atmosphere of collaboration rather than one of confrontation?
No matter how much our culture of sharing the road improves, it’s impossible to avoid all accidents. If you’re injured in a car accident—whether you’re on four wheels, two, or none at all—call Emery Law Office at 502-771-1LAW (1529) to find out how we can help.
The busiest week of the Louisville calendar has arrived. The Kentucky Derby may be the reason for all this excitement, but there’s so much fun to be had in the days leading up “The Run for the Roses.” Here are my five favorite ways to make the most of Derby Week, along with one piece of advice everyone should take while they’re enjoying the festivities.
#1: Shop for a Derby Hat
The Derby’s most iconic fashion items are the extravagant hats you’ll find on race-goers both male and female. The origin of these hats is the result of a strict dress code from decades past. These days, they’re just for having little fun and expressing your personality. You don’t need to shell out a lot of money on a hat–heck, you don’t even have to buy one at all–but you should definitely check out some of the area’s local hat shops.
#2: Visit the Kentucky Derby Museum
As the longest running event in American sports, it goes without saying that the Derby is packed with history. The best place to take it all in is the Kentucky Derby Museum, which features one-of-a-kind artefacts, interactive exhibits, and games for the little ones. Because it’s open seven days, it’s the perfect way to fill some empty space in your Derby Week schedule.
#3: Enjoy Food and Music at Fest-a-Ville
Unfortunately, it’s probably too late to score a ticket to the exclusive Taste of Derby food event, but there’s still plenty of ways to enjoy Louisville’s culinary scene during Derby Week. The most fun is heading to Fest-a-Ville, which features the Chuck Wagon food stalls. Fest-a-Ville also includes live music, games, and fun for the whole family. The price of admission is only a Pegasus Pin, which costs a whopping $6.
#4: Place a Small Bet on the Race
It would take a ton of research to understand all the different ways to bet on the Derby. That said, you don’t need to be an expert to put $2 on your favorite horse, or pick three to win, place, and show. If you’re not going to Churchill Downs, you can also do a small, low-stakes pool with the friends you’re watching the race with. Put the name of each horse in a hat and have everyone pick one. You could also hold an office pool with your coworkers.
#5: Explore the City
Louisville is an amazing city, and Derby Week adds an extra sense of electricity. Take some time to walk around, talk to people, and enjoy the atmosphere. You’ll end up discovering something cool to do.
While you’re enjoying Derby Week, there’s one thing you absolutely should not to do.
DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE
Enjoying some mint juleps is a Derby tradition. If you end up sipping these iconic cocktails, however, you should never get behind the wheel. Call an Uber of Lyft, or have a designated driver. There’s too much at risk to drive after even one drink.
If you are injured in an auto accident, call Emery Law Office at (502) 771-1LAW (1529) to find out how we can help.
A Sparkling Start to Derby Season
Today, everyone recognizes Thunder Over Louisville as the official start of the Kentucky Derby Festival. It’s grown to become the largest annual fireworks display in North America. That may sound hard to believe, given the Fourth of July fireworks displays all across the nation, but it’s the truth. I’m sure you’ve experienced the wondrous sights of Thunder Over Louisville before, but you may not know its interesting history. This year’s display is on April 21, so now’s the perfect time to learn a little more about the event.
The Kentucky Derby itself has been held every year since 1875, making it the longest continuously held sporting event in the country. As with all major sporting spectacles—the Super Bowl, March Madness, etc.—a slew of supporting celebrations have grown around the race itself. After false starts to officially organize a series of events surrounding the Derby in the 1930s, the Kentucky Derby Festival became an annual occurrence in 1956. The Festival, which occurs over the two weeks leading up to the Derby, draws more visitors to Kentucky than any other event.
The first official Kentucky Derby Festival event was the Pegasus Parade. Other attractions were added over the years, with Thunder Over Louisville making its debut in 1989. Envisioned as the Festival’s equivalent of an Olympic Opening Ceremony, Thunder Over Louisville had a modest first year. Held during the day, the attendance was around 10,000 people and the fireworks display was limited. Since then, it’s safe to say the event has exploded in both scale and popularity. Thunder Over Louisville now regularly draws over half-a-million visitors and sets off over 60,000 fireworks.
After being moved to the evening, which only makes sense for a fireworks display, the event began to take off. In 1992, an airshow was added to the Thunder Over Louisville program. Two years later, the organizers decided to adopt a yearly theme for the program. We’ve had “Thunder Road,” “A Broadway Thunder,” and many more. This year, the theme is “A Disco Thunder,” which promises plenty of neon lights and hopefully some grooving tunes as well.
Thunder Over Louisville marks the beginning of the most electric two weeks of the calendar. Whether you’re attending the event on the banks of the river, enjoying the display from a rooftop “Thunder party,” or simply watching on TV at home, I hope you have the chance to take in this one-of-a-kind experience. As Chic sang in their famous disco anthem, “Leave your cares behind / These are the good times.”
At Emery Law Office, we love getting exciting for local events like the Kentucky Derby Festival. We’re proud members of the community, and are honored to serve the great people of Louisville and beyond. If you’re ever injured in an auto accident, we hope you’ll choose the local, personal representation offered by Emery Law Office. You can always give us a call at
(502) 771-1LAW (1529) to learn more about us.
Happy Derby season!