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Day Trip: Riding down the roads in Adair, Green, Taylor, Casey

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By Linda Waggener

Let's see, I believe Nancy McKinney was the most recent to ask, "Do you just ride up and down the road all the time and take pictures?"

There's no getting around it, Nancy. Yes.


There isn't a day that doesn't call out for pictures to be made of people at home or at work, in school or at play - of Kentucky's hills, valleys, rivers and sky - of trees and flowers and interesting buildings -- or of birds, pets, farm animals and everything in between.

Just when it seems one of us already took that photo, the light shifts and suddenly another photo needs to be taken because in the new moment the subject has a completely different look - a child grows and blossoms or the setting sun creates a once-in-a-lifetime painting.

And on those days when it's impossible to answer the call to ride down the road and take pictures, I'm always deeply grateful for those who take the time to share photos and a few words with columbiamagazine.com - it means a lot to be able to see life through a different lens, and with the invention of the cell phone, now almost everyone has a camera handy.

Today's gift of sunlight and blue sky called for pictures. It seemed like a good day to drive from Adair through Green County, then Taylor County and then Casey County. The accompanying photos are offered to share the journey.


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Scenic Green County, KY: Sunshine brings out colors



2017-01-28 - Caney Fork Road, Green County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
Sedge grass, Cedar trees and blue sky made for inviting color for this Saturday afternoon road trip. -- LW

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Scenic Taylor Co., KY: Wise Road Bridge over Brushy Creek



2017-01-28 - Wise Road, Taylor County, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com photo(c).
Beautiful creek bottom land on Wise Road is just across the bridge, then a meandering steep climb through winter woodlands. - EW

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Scenic Taylor County, KY: Fascinating faces along Wise Road



2017-01-28 - Wise Road, Taylor County, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com photo(c).
These faces immediately took us back to favorite readings in our house when there were two little boys at home. Never mind how many years ago that was. The brothers loved the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and friends Piglett, Tigger, Rabbit -- and Eeyore, the little donkey who always noted the other side of the situation, always found potential gloom in the face of the many things to be happy and bouncy about. The fellows pictured here didn't need to say a word, their expressions spoke, as Eeyore might have done if we'd stopped by the Hundred Acre Wood, reminding us that no matter how sunny the day was, to be careful, to travel safely, for you just never know. -- LW

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Family pride: Bridgewaters-Groves-Caldwell family cemetery



2017-01-29 - Caney Fork Road, Green County, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, columbiamagazine.com photo.
Family pride. South Central Kentuckians show special respect for burial grounds. Along Caney Fork Road, in Green County, KY this cemetery is special because family members maintain it with volunteer work days. It's located north of Adair County's C.R. Jones Road, north of the road's name change from Pelham Branch Road to Caney Fork Road. - EW

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Scenic Taylor County, KY: Through the woods above Brush Creek



2017-01-29 - Wise Road, Taylor County, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, Columbiamagazine.com(c) .
The narrow trail which is Wise Road, is smooth as glass, delightfully narrow and winding, but requires, at places along the way, one way pages. Still, for a first time know-your-counties better day tripper, it beckons one's curiosity about what's around the next bend, whether the woodland will continue like Pooh Bear's 100 acre wood. The roadway is unusually clean, and one wonders the secret. - EW

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Scenic Taylor Co., KY: Wise Road rises to meet you



2017-01-29 - Wise Road, Taylor County, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, Columbiamagazine.com(c) .
Every first time drive can have its slightly apprehensive moments, as, will the road just drop off at the crest of this hill. (At one point, on along in Casey County, what looked like a road turned out to be just a farm access break, and the little CM Honda would have been struck if Linda hadn't thought right). But this crest brought back memories of a wonderful Congressman for the old Fifth Congressional District, Tim Lee Carter, who rarely spoke without using "May the Road Rise to Meet You, May the Wind be At Your Back," as a benediction. It was a fitting thought, Aaron Pyles, a native Adair Countian, was Rep. Carter's longtime contact man, his field representative, or, to put it in today's terms, the Tiffany Hadley Kessler of those days. Back then, Taylor County, along with Adair and Metcalfe, mostly stayed put in the Fifth. Fortunately, the intrepid travelers were "kept in the palm of His Hands," and did not fall off the edge of the world. - EW

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Scenic Green Co., KY - A spring-like day brings out cyclists



2017-01-29 - Cabin Creek Road & Cedar Top School Road, Green Co., KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com photo(c).
Warmer weather Saturday, January 28, 2017, brought out cyclists. These three were biking in Green County in the Coburg tri-counties area: Green-Adair-Taylor.

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Scenic Taylor Co., KY: Pretty, inquisitive faces, Wise Road



2017-01-29 - Wise Road, Taylor County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
Making a clucking noise the way Geniece Marcum would have done, drew the synchronous attention of these friendly faces on Wise Road. Had she been along for the Day Trip, there would have been a stash of fresh carrots for a reward. - EW

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