Belay Specs Blog

This blog has less to do with Belay Specs and more to do with our employee's climbing and outdoor outings.  We'll talk about exciting news about Belay Specs but we'll talk much more about the trips we've taken and the places we've checked out.  We'd like to share some of our experiences in the hope that they inspire you to check the areas out for yourselves. If you read about an area or activity in one of our posts and have questions on beta, route recommendations or anything else, leave a comment and we'll try to fill you in.

Bram and I debated what to do on my last day in Kentucky. The rain the day before had soaked most of the routes and I was too worn out to climb anyhow. We decided to do some tourist stuff that I had somehow avoided in the three and a half years that I lived in Kentucky. We drove out to Frankfort where the Buffalo Trace Distillery sits next to the Kentucky River. If you are looking for a good rest day activity while on a trip to the Red, bourbon tours are a pretty great option (and generally free). The tour goes through the process of how bourbon is made, what makes bourbon unique and how it accidently came to exist.  A quirky law from the 1800’s meant we couldn’t sample any bourbon  because it was an election day but we got some bourbon chocolate balls.

We only had about an hour to kill after the Buffalo Trace tour so we stopped by Keeneland, the horse racing track next to the airport. Keeneland only has live races for a couple weeks in the spring and fall so it was quiet while we walked around. The grounds are really well kept and the buildings are old and classy. The place is filled with the escence of old southern wealth. I am amazed that a place that is used for such a short amount of time each year can make enough money to support such nice grounds. If you happen to be in the Red during the spring or fall meets, a trip to Keeneland also makes a great rest day activity.

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