This past May, we visited some friends that recently moved to Louisville, Kentucky! As per my usual, I overwhelmed them with my fast-paced ambitions of hiking and exploring, but everyone had a blast regardless.
We were only there for 3 days, but we managed to do quite a lot of exploring. One of my favorite parts of the trip was going downtown at different times of day and flying my drone around. Whether it was at night by the Big Four Bridge when it was lit up in rainbow colors, sunrise on the coast with the beautiful downtown skyline, or mid-day outside of the stunning Louisville Slugger Field, we had a great time!
Beyond that, we had an absolute blast at a few particular locations:
Rose Island - This park is located in what used to be an amusement park, which now has some interesting remains left to photograph. This location has been on my list for some time just to photograph a series of arches they have in a particular walkway - what can I say, I have a thing for symmetry and repetition!
On the way to Rose Island, we also stumbled into an area that was filled with a bunch of abandoned structures to explore. One section had a series of dozens of cement structures, and to this day we STILL have NO idea what these structures were for. If you have any clue, PLEASE let us know in the comments below.
Bernheim Forest - A must see, this park combines hiking with modern art in an amazing way. You get to explore the park trails while stumbling upon art installations throughout this HUGE 16,000 acres park. They are most known for their Forest Giants, like Little Nis that sits on the edge of a pond.
Jerry’s Junk - One last discovery was a bit sad for me. I had actually been to a spot here in 2013 and captured the below image on the left. For the last 10 years, it has stood as one of my favorite images. I recently researched and found that it was Jerry Lotz who had this collection that was nicknamed “Jerry’s Junk”. Jerry was known as an "avid collector of anything different, unusual or ornery for 75 years". Unfortunately, he passed away in 2019 and I never had the chance to revisit this spot. Well, I used this trip as an opportunity to visit what was left of his legacy. Since Jerry’s death, the items have since been sold, the area repurposed, and it’s now a coffee shop called Pregame Coffee. The image on the right shows the EXACT same image now 10 years later. While much of the structure’s architecture was preserved, it is a rare case of wishing it could have stayed in its original state.
With that being said, please enjoy some of my favorite images from this short trip!
For those that follow my food reviews, of course we enjoyed a number of restaurants while in town. Some favorites include:
Downtown from Above
Forest Giant Little Nis
Riverridge mysterious abandoned structures
Rose Island arches
Falls of the Ohio
Bernheim Forest critter on railing
Heigold House Facade
Pregame Coffee Architecture
Riverridge Abandoned train tracks
Louisville Slugger Field
Bernheim Forest snake!
Riverridge Abandoned powerlines
Panorama along the river
Bernheim Forest silo stage
Riverridge Abandoned structure
Big Four Bridge
Bernheim Forest sensory garden
Jim Beam Bourbon
Forest Giant Mama Loumari
Panorama at "Spaghetti Junction"
Bernheim Forest bridge
Downtown at Sunrise
Bernheim Forest bee in edible garden
Belle of Louisville Riverboats
Bernheim Forest visitors center
Bernheim Forest wood art by Mama Loumari
Rose Island abandoned cement wall with moss
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