JoDo Chasing Rainbows

Bourbon Tour, Part 2 – Marker’s Mark

I would recommend visiting a few distilleries on the Bourbon Trail. Each place has its own way to presenting the tour. You also why they do what they do. Heaven Hill was a small, intimate tour (8 people total). Maker’s Mark was a who different story. The tours started about every 15 minutes. The groups are large. There were 35 people in our tour group.


Marker’s Mark is made on the Stargill Farms. The property is way out in the county on rolling hills. It was quite beautiful. Marker’s Mark has only a few whiskey’s – Marker’s Mark, Mark 46 and Private Select. They are known for their consistent taste from batch to batch. They are the only distillery that we visited that still rotates it barrels from floor to floor during the aging process.


My favorite pour at Maker’s Mark was the Maker 46.

Bourbon Tour, Part 1 – Heaven Hill

So you think I could live in the bourbon capital and not partake?  Actually, I have enjoyed going to different distilleries and tasting different types of bourbon.  We started Heaven Hill located in Bardstown, KY.  We started at this location because they have a museum attached.  I wanted to spend time learning about the history of bourbon before I started tasting.

 

What is bourbon?

  • Made in the United States (it can be made outside of Kentucky)
  • Must be minimum 51% corn
  • Must be aged in white oak; used only ONCE
  • Must be at least 80 proof
  • No additives or colors added

 

Bourbon gets is color from the char from the wood.  There is a 1-4 char level.  Each distillery chooses how much char is added to each barrel.  Bourbon is aged.  Depending on the bourbon it can be anywhere from two to twenty plus years.  Most bourbon is in the four to six year of aging before it is bottled and sold.

 

This was my first time drinking bourbon straight.  I found that I like it mixed with a little water.  My favorite bourbon at Heaven Hill was Elijah Craig.

Amazon Camperforce

We are in Kentucky to work at Amazon.  We are part of their seasonal workforce.  Amazon recruits folks who live in their RV full-time to be part of their seasonal workforce.  We were assigned to Shepherdsville, KY.  Our campsite is in Bardstown, KY.  I love the little town where our campground is located.  It is the bourbon capital of the state (that is for another post).

We are assigned to the mid-day shift – 12:15 pm until 10:45 pm.  Our scheduled work days were Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Our mandatory OT day was Wednesday.  We also would have weekends off until we picked up a voluntary shift.  This was ideal for me because I could naturally wake up without an alarm.  We were both assigned to the picking team.

Picking is finding the item, scanning and putting on conveyor belt so that the could be packed for shipping. Not a hard job.  I found it to be a perfect job for an introvert.  I knew exactly how many shoes I needed to pick per day and no one is looking over your shoulder telling you how to do it.  I found the perfect playlist and would go to work.

The work is not mentally hard.  It is hard on your body.  You can walk 8 to 12 miles per day.  I stopped wearing my fitbit  after I walked 14 miles in a day.  It was easier not knowing how many miles I was walking per day.

I don’t have any real complaints about the job.  You are scheduled for 40 hours per week.  If there is mandatory OT then you work 50 hours per week.  We started working mandatory OT after our second week.  My feet did not respond well to this.  What made the job easier was the folks we worked with.  There was a comradery with the other camperforce workers.  We supported each other through the ten hours shifts.  The full time folks were also very helpful.

We worked for a month.  After that, old foot injuries took their toll.  I am finally on the mend after a month of being off my foot.  Donna’s ankle is also on the mend.  This is a great job if your body can handle it.  I think if I was more than three months off a major foot issue that this would have been easier.

Benefits from the job:

  • Free campsite paid two days before and two days after you stop
  • Paid hourly plus OT
  • Bonus if you complete the season

Burnsville Dam

We stopped in West Virginia for a few days at a Corp of Engineer park.  It was so quiet.  There are two dams that are close together.  We visited both along with the small towns that they are near.  Donna is braver than me.  We walked along the top of each but she alone looked over the edge.  I walked the middle.