It was touch-and-go there for a while though. Joni and my flight was cancelled on Sunday due to the extreme weather. It was rescheduled to fly out on Monday morning. No dice, American Airlines! I wasn't down with that plan. So Amy (with whom we stayed) generously drove Joni and me to another airport in Louisville, and we flew out that night - sans layovers. Hallelujah.
Friday, April 30th:
The girls and I arrived at Churchill Downs to attend The Oaks, pre-Derby races when the fillies run. We had Grand Stand seats so we could enjoy a close-up the track, but we mostly walked around the Paddocks. Tried my first Mint Julep, a must at the Derby:
At the risk of being called a heretic (and despite the pic), I quite disliked it. Perhaps it's because I'm not a huge bourbon fan. I'll try again when they're not made in bulk. I bet once on a #2 filly, and she got second place. Money, baby! The sun was shining and weather was perfect. We wore our nice dresses, big fancy hats and wedges.
Saturday, May 1st - Derby Day:
Rain, rain and more rain. A very different experience than The Oaks day, but very fun nonetheless. We knew about the thunderstorms, so we wore sundresses and cowboy boots. No big hats. We didn't want them to get ruined, and frankly, they would have just been white noise compared to all the crazy-awesome-huge-amazing Derby hats many of the ladies wore. No two were alike! I bet on horse #2 named IceBox and #11 -the one female in the race (call me a feminist). Sure enough... #2 got me some money again. Not bad for my first Derby!
We ran into some friends, played in the rain in the Infield, and I'd be lying if I said the people-watching alone wasn't spectacular. That night, we went out on the town and mingled with the Derby folk. Enter downpour of rain at 2:00am. A cleansing finish to the day.
Derby pictures to come!
In other news, last night while I was watching the best TV show since Gilligan's Island (duh...Glee), I broke out my henna tattoo kit and doodled a little something on my wrist for funsies:
Hi Mr Octopus! Pic taken while the henna ink was drying. It turns a muted, earthy brown when it's done. Now that we have warm weather again, I'm sure I'll be inking myself to the max.