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By Carol Perkins

I printed a copy of a Kentucky map with the county seats and crossed out the cities we had either driven through or visited. Several of the extreme Eastern Kentucky cities had not been in my path. If I have been to Jackson or Paintsville, I don't remember. One close to home that I had never been to was Leitchfield, so last Saturday we set off to explore the town from our car.

Like other small towns, the courthouse consumed the square with old buildings surrounding it. Most of them were closed or housed thrift stores. I noticed an old hotel that dated back to the eighteen hundreds and wondered what life would have been like inside. Glamorous guests in flowing skirts and men in top hats, I'm sure.

Our tour didn't take long, but the drive was worth the delicious meal at the Farmer's Feedmill Restaurant. Social distancing was enforced, servers wore masks AND gloves, and the people obeyed the rules. Next door was the family meat market, but it was closed by the time we finished. Sometimes a quick trip can take the blues out of a sunny day.

The trip to Red River Gorge a few weeks ago was more adventurous.

Curvy roads overlooking massive drop-offs where a vehicle that veered too close to the edge might end up in the "Red River" kept me white-knuckled most of the trip. (The worst areas had guardrails.) Located near Stanton and Campton, as well as Natural Bridge, Red River Gorge is known for hiking trails and exploring. (We don't hike and do our exploring from the car.) The first point of interest was the one-lane tunnel that probably dated back to the Indians. For the claustrophobic, a blindfold would ease the fear. The sides of the tunnel were so close one slight swerve could take the side out of a vehicle. The beautiful formations and the water running from hillside caves made us wondered why we hadn't been there. In telling of this trip, I discovered locals go there every year.

The next place I want to go is Jackson. That would be a long day trip, but it's not like we have somewhere else to be. What we do have is TIME. Might as well make use of it and see the parts of Kentucky not crossed off my map. We could tailgate!

Carol's most recent book, based on a true story, The Case of the Missing Ring, is available through Amazon, both paperback and ebook. You can contact her at

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