Monday, March 16, 2009
Rainy Weekend...but a great weekend!
We were up bright and early on Friday morning for our 5 1/2 hour drive to Bowling Green, KY. The drive was relatively nice. Not much traffic at all. The weather was overcast and we hit spots of rain and driving into Kentucky we could tell the temperature was dropping quite rapidly. We also noticed that the Bowling Green area had snow on the ground. We found out that we missed their snow fun by about 24 hours. We arrived in the city of Bowling Green around 12:30 PM/CT as we gained an hour with the EST difference. We were lucky enough to be able to go ahead and check into our hotel that was busting with activity from a Sweet 16 High School tournament. Teams from all over the region were in competition for a stellar title. Our hotel was really nice. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Conference Center and the inside of the hotel was very nice and serene. They had a waterfall in the middle of the garden area that was attached to the backside of the elevators and the white noise was very relaxing. Brianna and I stayed in the hotel to relax from our drive while Brian went to visit his company's office and take a tour of their grounds and get acquainted with his future work environment. He was quite impressed with the office area and was more thrilled that it did not take him long to get there. The traffic on the main "drag" in Bowling Green is like that of any other small city but the back roads hardly have any traffic on them whatsoever. On a side note, they have a very large Hobby Lobby! I am excited about that store I tell ya. Anyway, Brianna and I watched the movie Twilight in our room in hopes we kill some time by the entertaining "tweener" movie until Brian returned from his tour of the company facilities. Upon Brian's arrival we decided to go out to eat and chose the Montana Grill and we thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and food. Although, we were met with surprise that they offer seating in smoking and non-smoking. It is kind of a relief to know that the "government" isn't taking over in the small town. At least, not yet. We really enjoyed all the wood and rustic feel of the restaurant. We drove around the town before dark fell and simply drunk in the green grass and the beginnings of Springs arrival. A little tired from our early morning travel we headed back to our hotel to find the buzz of happy teenage girls relishing from their win earlier in the day and Brian and Brianna had a great time utilizing the swimming facilities at our hotel. The following morning we woke early and enjoyed breakfast at the hotel as we waited for our real estate agent and Bowling Green tour guide to show for our 9 AM appointment. We were delighted to tour via car of course, the campus at Western Kentucky University and I must say, it is a beautiful campus with lovely old buildings amongst the newly constructed dorms and educational facilities. The old homes that are around the area are fabulous and I can imagine how great it would be to remodel some of the "turn of the century" Victorian homes that are rented by most of the college population. I simply adored the Bowling Green town square and the architecture of the buildings were very stimulating. I did not take my camera as the rain and fog were over powering. I figure I have many more trips and we will soon be residents and will have time to take photos of the town square in its total beauty. The "rolling" hills of Bowling Green are luscious and landscaped with horse fencing. The hardwoods will be blooming soon and I can imagine how Fall will be with the bright colors of change. I can tell you for sure...we are NOT in Pine Tree country anymore. We then toured about 9 homes and loved about 3 of them. They are on the other side of town from the square and found the residential areas to have many homes within a small area of land. However, everything is nestled by horse and pasture. The neighborhoods seemed very nice and well kept. The hard part will be deciding on what neighborhood and which house we will call home in the near future. We had a productive day that ended with us eating at Rafferty's and talking about the homes and enjoying a cocktail to celebrate our impending move and that we are finding we are becoming quite excited for the "small town NO traffic" change. Our drive back home through Tennessee and on into Georgia was full of fog, rain, and changing temperatures. We got home within 5 hours and continued to relish in our plans for our move. This should be an exciting year and we do plan to make a few more trips before deciding on a home. I hope the weather will cooperate so that I can share some of the beautiful land that surrounds this gorgeous country.