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Spring Fresh Kentucky Back Roads Adventure

Kentucky in the spring by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette RealtyThere is nothing I like better than Spring in Kentucky.

Like most people, I can't wait to get outside and explore the countryside looking for evidence that Spring has sprung!

Adventure is my middle name and a few days ago, I told my Mom(she's 78) that would indeed be doing something with her for the afternoon.

I never tell her what it might be for fears of getting her hopes too high! Mom enjoys her spring drive in Kentucky

I randomly pick a day that I can keep the schedule fairly clear to create an adventure. Anyway, the day arrived and we took off to explore some of my favorite Kentucky back roads. To keep her interested, I hinted of a lunch in an exotic location. (Isn't this what you do with your kids??)

Tates Creek Road cemetary by Lizette Fitzpatrick

My idea was to look for spring eye candy while driving along Tates Creek Road in Madison County then cross the Kentucky River at Valley View Ferry into Fayette County. Later we would travel into Jessamine County and find some lunch.

As I drove along, I found this patch of daffodils that I just had to back up an click a pic of. Then I saw it was an ancient cemetary above the stone slave wall. I loved how the sycamore trees behind were still without leaves leaving the beautiful white bark visible.

Tates Creek Road barn by Lizette FitzpatrickThis tobacco barn was found along the way fairly close to the cemetery. I love how green the field is next to the barn. Tates Creek is o

On the other side of the barn. The creek meanders along all the way to the Kentucky River.

The sycamore trees are found all over Kentucky near creeks many times because they really love water. They are some of the most beautiful trees here.

Further on down Tates Creek road is the Valley View Ferry. I love taking this route because the view from the ferry on the Kentucky River is a peaceful one. After crossing over. We travel on into the Nicholasville area.

I was intrigued with a small side road call Stinnett Lane. As I turned into the lane, Mom always asks where I am going. Like I always have a destination in mind! I told her I had no idea. Which was true! Don't you just like adventures to unfold sometimes? Here are a few pictures of what I found on this lane.

Stinnett Lane railroad bridge by Lizette FitzpatrickFirst was an abandoned and rusty railroad bridge.

Soon there will be leaves on the trees and many of the good shots I got this day would be hard to see.

This is the same railroad track that comes through Madison County across that Kentucky River and into Jessamine County.

It might be nice to take the same pics during different seasons to see the contrast.

Almost across from this bridge was a shed in someones backyard that was interesting with all the old signs.

Stinnett Lane shed by Lizette Fitzpatrick

From some of my pictures you can see glimpses of the stone slave walls that are historic to Kentucky.

We have some of the most extensive examples of stone walls built by masons years ago in the United States.

I can't imagine how long it would have taken to build these amazing stone walls using our native limestone from nearby creeks.

The creek along this lane was spectacular in serenity.

Stinnett Lane  by Lizette FitzpatrickAs I parked the car to take a look around, you could breathe in the sweet smell of new blossoms and fresh spring air.

To the right of this picture was the end of the lane that I started my story with.(see first picture) 

It was a private drive to an old farmhouse. I could have stayed all day to take pictures of every little sign of spring, but I had a Mom that was already asking where that promised lunch might be.

Hunger had quickly replaced her sense of adventure. So that was the end of this day's spring pictures!

Check in soon for my next back roads post with pictures on Kentucky Horse Farms.

Kentucky horse farm for sale in Lexington KY Thoroughbred by Lizette Fitzpatrick


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Comment balloon 17 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • April 02 2009 09:50AM


Awesome pictures!  I think it's wonderful that you take some time to see and capture the beauty around you.  I should start doing the same.  Seems many of our RE professionals (at least hear on AR) seem to have a secret life as photographers.


Posted by Chanda Barrick, in referral (Keller Williams Indy Metro Northeast) over 9 years ago

Chandra, I always keep my camera with me just in case I have a moment to go explore the countryside. I have always loved photography. It comes in handy in our business, but I do it for the joy of it.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 9 years ago

That was a beautiful adventure Lizette!  Your pictures sure became complete with the story and your outing with mom no doubt a lovely day!

Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 9 years ago

I have only driven through Kentucky getting to one place or another and never had the chance to stop. Based on your pictures and adventure I'm sorry I didn't.

Posted by Dan Callahan (Callahan's Home Inspections) over 9 years ago


You have some really pretty photos. It makes Kentucky look beautiful.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Sally, driving these country roads is one of my favorite pastimes. Mom is impatient but I cherish my time with her.

Dan - You'll have to get off the highway and look around next time you are in KY.

Nutsy - Thanks! You do too! My favorites are old relics and buildings.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 9 years ago

Ky or Tn:  we are so blessed with beautiful surroundings!   I love the fact that you can slow down long enough to enjoy it.    I need to do that more often!     Wonderful photos,  friend.

Posted by Connie King over 9 years ago

Beautiful pictures and obviously a nice adventure.  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 9 years ago

Lizette, I always love to see old natural stone walls, some great shots, thanks for sharing

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) over 9 years ago

Hi Lizette - what beautiful pictures to go along with the words you used to paint your story.  I felt like I was right there with you.  I love that you go on adventures with your mom.  My mom and sisters used to do the same thing, wherever we lived.  I'd give anything to be able to do that with my mom now.  Enjoy and cherish your time with your mom - I can tell you really do!


Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 9 years ago

Hi Lizette

thanks for sharing a bit about your home.  I've never been to Kentucky but it looks absolutly beautiful.


Lynn Meldrum

Posted by Lynn Meldrum (Lynn Meldrum with Verico Canada First Mortgage) over 9 years ago

How very cool for your Mom that you take the time to do this for her.  My parents are so appreciateive of time spent with them.  My Dad, in particular, who is 87, and has pretty much succumbed to sitting in a chair all day dozing... he lights up when I fly into town.  Even when I call... he doesn't want much... jst a minute or two, and it makes his day.  Then it's back to jeopardy....

Lovely story.

Posted by Sally Dunbar, Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale (Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area)) over 9 years ago

Lizette-what a great day with your mom.  Thanks for letting us tag along.  My mothe is 86 and has lots most of her adventurous spirit, but still enjoys a random visit of lunch.   Have a great weekend.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Hi Lizette, I really enjoyed the story of your adventure with your Mom and especially all the great photos.

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) over 9 years ago

Thanks EVERYONE for all the sweet comments! I did go back to include a pic of Mom. We were parked where th first picture was taken and I was outside of the car taking pictures.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 9 years ago

Lizette, thank you so much for taking us with you! It was so enjoyable. You are a lucky girl to still have your mom. Enjoy every moment you can. Thank you,


Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 9 years ago

This is awesome, felt like I was there! Great pics too!

Posted by Charlene Hammontree, Meeting the needs of Buyers and Sellers in MICH (616 Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

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