May 23, 2014

Near and Far with The Friday Flyer: Canyon Lakers at Kentucky Derby.

Bonnie Wade, Sally Wedehase, Jeannette Williams and Don Wedehase are pictured at the Kentucky Derby on May 3.

Sally and Don Wedehase made a stop at Graceland while visiting Nashville, Tennessee.

Jeannette has a “cold one” at the world famous “Tootsies” Lounge in Nashville, where Willie Nelson performed and got his first song writing job.


Canyon Lake residents Cathy Buell, Bonnie Wade, Sally and Don Wedehase and Jeannette Williams were joined by several friends on a Travel Club adventure to the Kentucky Derby.

Jeannette says, "Derby Day (May 3) at Churchill Downs was exciting ? the horses, the hats, the races, the betting, and of course, the Mint Juleps!" This was the 140th year for the Kentucky Derby. The winner ? appropriately enough for the California tourists ? was "California Chrome."

Jeannette says the trip included a tour of the famous Three Chimneys Farm, where the movie, “Secretariat,” was filmed, a behind-the-scenes tour of Keeneland Racecourse, a driving tour through the beautiful Bluegrass countryside, and a tour and tasting at Buffalo Trace Distillery ? one of the oldest in Kentucky.

Sally and Don spent a few days in Tennessee, visiting Nashville, Memphis, Graceland and making a stop at the home of Sally’s favorite elixir, Jack Daniels.Cathy and Jeannette also visited Nashville and took in a performance at the Grand Ole Opry, along with visiting “Tootsies” Lounge, where Willie Nelson originally performed and got his first song writing job.