Rolling Through Bowling Green

For a brief moment in my youth I attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. I was a journalism/psychology/criminal justice major. In other words, I had no clue what I wanted to be when I grew up. Still don’t. All I knew was that I loved learning. Still do.

John Carpenter's childhood home.
John Carpenter’s childhood home.

Having recently read that Bowling Green is growing in popularity as a retirement destination, I knew we needed to take a few days to re-explore this little city and see what all the fuss was about. Our first stop was the Visitor’s Bureau (mostly because there’s a letterbox hidden there). That led us on a quasi-tour of filmmaker John Carpenter’s old haunts and childhood home, which just-so-happens to be on the campus of WKU. The very large campus! I can’t for the life of me remember how I got from class to class, but then again that was more than 20 years ago.

I do remember eating 90% of my meals at Fazoli’s back then; so for dinner, yep, we went there. It was here that we got a glimpse at BG’s retirement scene. It was 5 PM and the whole restaurant was full of seniors having some kind of meeting. Reminded me so much of Florida that I did a double-take.

One of the big attractions in Bowling Green is Beech Bend. It’s been around since I was a kid and I can’t say that I’ve ever been there. Still can’t. We thought about it, looked into prices, even found a coupon, and drove by it; but in the end we just couldn’t stomach paying $30 each for what looked like a county fair with a waterpark. Instead, we went to Russell Sims Aquatic Park. It’s operated by the City of Bowling Green and costs $8 per person. We had a ball!! We even did something we normally don’t do – ate goodies from the concession stand. They were cheap – just $3 for nachos and a soda.

Funner in BGAfter our big day at the waterpark, we marked another item off of Angie’s baseball bucket list. We went to a Bowling Green Hot Rods baseball game. Her baseball bucket list includes *see a game at each of Tampa Bay’s Minor League affiliate ballparks. The Hot Rods are Tampa’s Class A affiliate. Unfortunately they lost but a good time was had nonetheless.

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