Vacation time was upon us last week and we were in no mood to drive to the beach this year. Last year's trip to the beach kind of burnt us out on going again so soon, so we decided to go some place different. After a scant ten minute search on the interwebs, we decided to go to a state park in eastern Kentucky that offered hiking, swimming, and relaxation.
We got to the Berea area around 2:30 that day and we looked around and stopped in a few shops.
After trudging around for a few more hours in Lexington, we decided to spend the night back in Richmond at the same hotel where we stayed on Monday and we decided that we'd go back to Berea to take in more of the art and craft scene on Friday morning before we headed home.
Berea is a regular four year college but with one special twist, it's tuition free for students from the Appalachian region. In exchange for getting a virtually free education, all it's students must work around 20 hours a week at the college. Some wait tables in college owned restaurants, some work in college owned shops that teach them traditional crafts like woodworking, weaving and other fiber related arts, broom making, printing and print making, traditional music making and recording, pottery, and more. It's a really neat place and it's been doing business like that since it opened it's doors over a hundred years ago. Everyone we met, from staff to students to professors, was super nice and helpful. We got the feeling they'd bend over backwards to help out if need be. I probably would have gone to college at Berea if my asshole cousin hadn't gone there, I wasn't about to follow him anywhere.
On this vacation I discovered that I don't need to be in or near the water all the time on a vacation and that it's a pretty easy drive from Lexington to our house, provided there no major construction going on on the interstates. It took us about three and a half hours of driving time to get from Lexington to Johnson City, so in the future, I see another trip to that area and one that will go further afield to Louisville as well.