First of all I know something very sad happened at the Derby – but I didn’t really see any of it. It’s a horrible thing but that’s all I really have to say about it…
So anyways - we decided to join a group of our friends on a trek to the Kentucky Derby this weekend. It was a super last minute decision that resulted in this conversation:
My brother: Hey what are you guys up to tonight? Want to go out for happy hour?
Matt: Um… we’re in a VW bus on our way to the Kentucky Derby.
Yup. We borrowed a Vanagon. A full on 1991 setup complete with the pop up tent and stove. Very pimpin’.
The guys in the front of the Vanagon
Sunset over Southern Ohio
Anyways we stayed with some of our friends in Cincinnati and then headed down to Kentucky on Sat. morning. We had to get there early so that we could tailgate here all day:
As is Derby tradition.
Btw. 2 vans and a canopy? Best tailgate plan ever.
Eventually, though we had to pack up and head into the event:
How many advanced college degrees does it take to take down a canopy? Add some liquor and the answer is one more than we had.
The infield is crazy. Lots ‘n lots ‘n lots of people.
And even more Mint Juleps:
So very good. I took a sip and said “That feels amazing.” Matt was all what? Feels? Don’t you mean tastes? Clearly with the amount of bourbon in them "feels" was the right description.
Then we stood in line to place our bets:
And picked up another set of Juleps on the way back to the fence:
This, btw, was our view of the race:
So yeah… no horse pictures in this post.
Still watching the race was crazy exciting:
But sadly none of our picks won. Which I really should have known better – if given the choice always bet on the woman.
From there we waded through the crowds back to the vans to sober up for the drive to Cincy:
Which clearly involved a bit of dancing.
And that was pretty much it. I do have a video of a drunken Matt ranting about the quality (or lack thereof) of Cincinnati pizza options… but I’m not allowed to post it on the internets. So how a group shot instead:
Lots of knitting content soon… I can’t wait to show you guys what I’ve been working on!