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Old 05-28-2013, 09:47 AM
Location: Rocky Mountains, CO
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Now NY Annie that's what I'm talking about! Great info about the jets, never would have known and that would completely bug me! Thanks.
I see some posts about KY, Lexington and Louisville, don't know anythign about those areas but would have to be pretty great for me to give up water access. Great job, great people, great horse trails.....singles over 35?????
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:01 PM
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Lexington: Horse Capital of the World, Heart of the Bluegrass, Athens of the West (the real old west, as in c. 1786...). Home to the University of Kentucky and Transylvania University. Lots of singles (and couples) in your age group. Rolling green pastures, bordered by early 19th century drystone walls and four-barred wooden fences, with locust-trees in fencerows along the fences. Scattered clusters of trees here and there, but primarily meadowland, with elegant stables on the manicured thoroughbred horse farms, along with historic mansions, meticulously maintained. Home of the Mary Todd Lincoln House and Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate. Many riding and boarding stables can be found within 15-30 minutes from downtown Lexington. Lexington also has two race tracks: Keeneland, which has spring and fall meets for thoroughbred racing plus horse sales several times each year, and the Red Mile, which offers harness racing in the summer.

The Kentucky River, which borders part of Fayette County, flows through steep, wooded limestone Palisades through the Inner Bluegrass, creating a totally different topography that is found elsewhere in the region. Cliffs rise to over 300 feet above the river below, and the area is home to many birds (it's a migratory route), other wildlife and is remarkably rich in fall color and spring wildflowers. There are several parks and preserves in the Palisades which offer hiking, picnicking, and various programs to the public.

Kentucky's mountains are not far away, either - the Daniel Boone National Forest's spectacular Red River Gorge is about 45 minutes southeast of Lexington, and includes over 50 natural bridges and arches, other remarkable rock formations, cliffs, caves, the wild and scenic Red River, which is very popular with canoeists and kayakers, plus over 100 miles of hiking trails, along with campgrounds, picnic areas, a small but excellent natural and human history museum with a nearby restored cabin, the adjacent Natural Bridge State Resort Park (lodge, restaurant, cabins, camping, hiking, boating, square dancing, pool, ranger-lead programs, skylift for alternative access to the huge mountaintop bridge, cliffs, wildlife, dense forests, streams), beautiful mountain laurel and rosebay rhododendron, dogwood, redbud, azaleas, spring wildflowers, and spectacular fall color.

Also close at hand is Berea, Kentucky's Arts and Crafts Capital. Berea is home to Berea College as well as home to many, many fine artists and craftspeople, whose shops line the streets (along with numerous antique shops). It is also a center for traditional music and dance, and hosts great, juried craft fairs several times each year, usually at nearby Indian Fort Mountain, owned by the college and a beautiful natural setting at the foot of the mountain, just a few miles east of town. Berea is also blessed by many interesting restaurants, notably Boone Tavern (i.e. hotel)'s dining room, which features traditional Kentucky and other Southern dishes, elegantly served in a beautiful historic setting. Berea is about 45 minutes south of Lexington.

Other nearby places of interest include Shakertown at Pleasant Hill, a fully-restored early 19th century Shaker village, Danville, home to Centre College, Constitution Square State Historic Park, Burke's Bakery, the Great American Dollhouse Museum and the Great American Brass Band Festival, coming up in a couple of weeks. Then there's Midway and Versailles, both great for antiquing and located a few scenic miles over in next-door and also very horsey Woodford County, Bourbon County's seat, Paris, reached by the pristine thoroughbred horsefarm-lined Paris Pike, Frankfort, the state capital, with a variety of attractions (plus once again, the Kentucky River)..

In addition to the previously mentioned Lake Cumberland (which is vast) and Lake Herrington (more modest in size), Cave Run Lake is about an hour east of Lexington (near Morehead) and offers all kinds of boating, including sailing, plus swimming and hiking on nearby trails.

Lexington has an urban-county government - officially we're the rather klutsy-sounding "Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government", which works pretty well, as city and county are one in most aspects. Downtown is starting to experience a modest renaissance, with restaurants popping up that draw considerable evening traffic as well as noontime diners. Other good restaurants are located here and there throughout the areas.

There are several large shopping centers and one big mall, plus big-box stores and individually owned establishments as well. Housing of all kinds is available in Lexington.

If you really do prefer to be close to the ocean - well, we can offer marine fossils from the inland sea which once covered most of Kentucky several eons ago!

Good luck finding your place.
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Old 05-28-2013, 02:17 PM
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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Parts of OR, WA or ID. If your a trail rider contact the backcountry horsemen association, they would know what your looking for.
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:31 PM
Location: Rocky Mountains, CO
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You should write a novel, your eloquent and descriptive posting served well to bring a sense of romantic intrigue. Well done!
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