#sorrynotsorry but I have so much to say about my Rolex trip it's gonna have to be split into multiple posts. Karen already hit some of the best parts, but here is my breakdown of Wednesday and Thursday of last week.
|First selfie at the ticket gate -- these fab gals are my PEOPLE. |
My RK3DE adventure started Wednesday, as I worked a half day then made the 5.5 hour trek to Louisville, KY. My trip got off to an extremely rocky start when I was informed about the tragic and unexpected death of my aunt as I drove home from work (her funeral services are tonight actually) – my first few hours on the road were spent in a numb haze, as I navigated through storm after storm (including a particularly nasty hailstorm in Illinois that brought traffic to a standstill on the highway). By the time I hit blue skies and sun in Indiana, I was able to more or less pull myself together so I could focus on the trip – staying home being sad wouldn’t have brought my aunt back, and as she was always the life of the party, I figured she would prefer if I carried on as planned and had some drinks in her honor.
|Day drinking. It's a thing. |
I rolled into Kentucky around 7 on the dot and met up with Karen
, who were incredibly understanding about my slightly off-kilter mood. Karen took us to a fantastic bar overlooking a river (where people could dock their boats and come in for a meal!) and we had amazing food and drinks. After dinner, we headed to the Liquor Barn for supplies (obviously the most important kind) and then to a grocery store for snacks. After mapping out our schedule and game plan, we all crashed to try to get some sleep.
|First evening of rum and cokes at the Dark Star Tavern!|
|My shirt was very popular on Thursday. Thanks Etsy!|
|Gifts for DH to hopefully mitigate some of the shopping damage upon my return...|
Thursday we were up bright and early and headed out – our first stop was Karen’s super amazing barn. There is something about the miles and miles of black fences and Kentucky bluegrass that just makes my heart pitter patter. I had my nose glued to the window for most of the drive. We got to say a brief hello to Hampton, Karen’s gorgeous “Indiana Warmblood” (that moniker makes me giggle every time), and I made mental notes about some of the really neat features I loved about the barn design – in particular, there were some neat shedrow-style stalls that had dutch doors and then the rest of the wall folded in half – so during the winter, you could close it to protect them from the elements, but in nice weather you could drop it so the stalls became super airy! Very cool! We pitched in to help Karen zip through chores (cleaning stalls and filling water buckets are universal no matter where you go!).
|Thursday shopping passes -- although if I jumped and had $4600.......|
After the barn, we hit the road for Lexington. It was a bit of haul to drive back and forth every night, but I was SO
appreciative of Karen opening her lovely home to me and Aimee and letting us take over her couch, guest bathroom, and also her cat Buckley (who chose to hang out with us most nights instead of sleeping with her, haha).
|Buckley is the shit, ya'll. Creeper heavy breathing in the middle of the night and all.... LOL|
Thursday was our designated shopping day (although I ended up shopping EVERY day, oops?). Our first stop was the official Rolex tent like 20 feet inside the gate – I knew my wallet was going to be in trouble when I couldn’t resist starting my purchases there. I think purchases are going to have to be a whole separate post, but I will
admit that I literally bought so many things that at one point over the weekend (in the Annie’s booth no less), my credit card company texted me that they thought I was the victim of credit card fraud. Errrr, thanks for the vigilance Chase, but nah, I was just stress shopping like a maniac.
|The point where my credit card company had had enough.... haha|
On the plus side, between what I saved up pre-Rolex and selling quite a few photos from my GMO show a few weeks ago, I actually ended up about breaking even – which is great, because otherwise I probably would have ended up in the doghouse with my DH
|Artfully arranged swag shot Friday night.... which I ruined by buying just a few more things Saturday. |
After hitting up most of the vendor booths and buying SO MANY THINGS, we trekked back to the parking lot to deposit our loot. We were conveniently parked near the campground, which made it easy to pop back over for the taco party hosted by Amy
! The tacos were delicious, the drinks were strong, the bloggers were out in full force, and lots of fun was had by all! It was really cool to be able to put so many faces to names, while simultaneously feeling like I was hanging out with friends I’ve known for ages. After a few hours of fun, we hit the highway for the drive back to Louisville to crash for a few hours.
|The fauxbarry's that carried us miles and miles this weekend!|
|Quintessential tourist shot!|
|Taco party at Amy's campsite! |
|Breeches at Buckwild that I passed on... although they were fun!|
|A display of Der Dau custom boots|
|SOOOOOO many people had dogs, and there were "dog bars" with bones and water all over the place! So cool!|
|My FB friend Sarah's horses as Breyers! Fantasia Del C and Gozoga SCS! (I did not purchase them tragically, haha)|
You'll have to tune in later this week to hear about the rest of my trip! ;)
I'm sorry about your aunt but I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip!ReplyDelete
Y'all took a lot more pictures of yourselves than we did. Because we took precisely zero. What happens at Rolex stays at Rolex?ReplyDelete
Slackers 😋 haha.Delete
I believe the correct assessment is "aimee took a lot more photos" because 94% of those came off my phone, haha. #mediahoDelete
Most of the people ones came off your phone, I'll concede 😉😊Delete
so many fun new things and even moar fun beverages!!!!! also that etsy shirt is to die for hahaReplyDelete
Seriously at least 15 people stopped to ask me where I got it haha. It was a great time!!Delete
Thanks for coming up and making the weekend even more amazing. I had the best time and can't wait to do it again.ReplyDelete
Well i mean I need to sleep for a week first. But then I can't wait.
For real it needs to be a regular thing. Best time ever.
I love meeting bloggers and hanging out because we always have the dynamic of feeling like we've been friends for years. It's always so easy going and fun.ReplyDelete
It's so fantastic! It was seriously the same as hanging out with a good group of friends at home. I loved it.Delete
You are welcome back anytime girl! Also, I really want to meet your super nice horses!! Buckley says hello. *heavy breathing*ReplyDelete
Oh I'm definitely coming back for more Buckley breathing and Dark Star adventures 😂 and you are welcome here in mid-Mo anytime! (Although my accommodations will not be as nice as yours were 😉).Delete
I can't wait to see your 'purchases' post!ReplyDelete
I need to get some better photos for that one... And preferably some of the things in use! 😀Delete
So sorry for your loss. I'm glad you were still able to have a great weekend though!ReplyDelete
I can't wait for the shopping post...
And yes, there were lots of purchases. So many things.
Best weekend ever for sure. It was awesome getting to meet you!ReplyDelete
Definitely, it was super awesome to meet you as well! Still in awe of the belt buckle opening beer bottle trick hahaDelete
Sounds so fun!ReplyDelete
And I'm really sorry about your aunt ):
I'm so sorry you couldn't make it out for Saturday!Delete
And thank you :(
I'm so sorry about your aunt. But I also love that "Bitch please" shirt so muchReplyDelete
But yes, that shirt is perfect, especially for my younger mare! Can't wait to wear it.
What an amazing weekend!ReplyDelete
My condolences for your aunt.
Also, friend's horse as a Breyer is pretty cool! Love the saddle, love the coat, pretty much love all the swag.
It was pretty terrific (minus my.aunt obviously). The swag was amazing!Delete