Down the Backroads | There's No Place Like Home - Kentucky Farm Bureau

Down the Backroads | There's No Place Like Home

Posted on Apr 21, 2022

I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I had not taken a vacation in several years until recently. My family was in shock when I agreed to go. But I knew it was time to get away for a week and off we went, and without naming names, headed to one of the biggest amusement areas in the galaxy.

As I would discover, everyone else in the galaxy had the same idea to visit the same place at the same time. But, far be it from me to complain. We were going to have a good time come heck or high water.

My wife spent weeks planning and arranging each day so that we would get the maximum benefit from our stay. We began every day at sunrise and didn’t stop until late in the evening, every single day. EVERY SINGLE DAY!

Whoever said that vacations are meant to be relaxing failed to pass that message along to me and the 30 billion people who joined us. I realize that number is exaggerated, but that’s exactly how it felt as I made my way precariously through the hordes of people.  

And it couldn’t have been relaxing for many of them either. I’ve never seen so many crying children and arguing parents to have been in this oh-so-happy place.

So, the marketing part of my mind went to work, and I clearly saw I was in fact, not in this relaxed vacation mecca, at all.  I wasn’t even in the ballpark, and I discovered what I should have known all along. The best place for me is right here in my beloved Bluegrass state.

At the risk of sounding like a tourism commercial, everything anyone could want in a relaxing time away from work or school is nestled right here close to home.

I quickly realized that every time I took a trip through the rural areas of Kentucky, I was on a little sabbatical of my own.

These beautiful landscapes can’t be found anywhere else, in my opinion. The farmland full of crops and livestock is soothing to my sight. And the warm greetings from friendly people I receive here, was not something I found while away.

Don't get me wrong, it was wonderful to spend time with my family and there were parts of the trip I enjoyed but personally, I don't have to get too far away from my home to find all I need for rest and relaxation.

As we drove home from this trip, I couldn’t wait to get back and we all cheered when we hit the state line. Now, I’m not saying I’ll never go back, but I am saying it won’t be any time soon.

To borrow a saying from Dorothy, “There’s no place like home.” Besides, I have lots more to explore here as I continue to travel down the backroads.