What to do when you get 20"+ of snow in Southeast Kentucky

Photo I Story by EKI Board Member Josh Patton | @pattonjosh | www.pattonjosh.com

The Commonwealth got hit pretty hard by Winter Storm Jonas starting on Friday. Our southeast counties got a total of nearly 2' of snow accumulation by Saturday evening. That may not sound like much for some people, but for Kentuckians this was a pretty hard hit. Sunday was the first day that roads where actually somewhat safe to try and navigate around London and Laurel County. So, to try and beat cabin fever I went to the local sledding spots to grab some photos. 

I enjoy shooting sledding photos because it can be very exciting. When the light hits the snow just right and when you catch the facial expressions that are of joy and panic of potentially wiping out, you've got something special.  

The two locations that I went to to take pictures where Levi Jackson State Park, and bordering the Park is Crooked Creek Golf Community. Both areas have a couple well known hills that a lot of people gather at to go sledding.  

When sledding you have to build jumps, then you also have to crash off them multiple times. Which is completely ok because it's all part of the fun in sledding. 

When sledding you have to build jumps, then you also have to crash off them multiple times. Which is completely ok because it's all part of the fun in sledding. 

Levi Jackson State Park is a fairly small park just outside of downtown London, but they offer a lot to the community and travelers. At Levi Jackson they have a large campground, multi-use trails, mini gold, small water park, picnic shelters, and host many events on the grounds throughout the year. The park also has a historical connection with part of the Boone Trace running through the park. As well as McHargue's Mill being at the entrance.

When arriving at each sledding location I found loads of people on the hills. I was having to try and not get ran over by sleds in some spots, which is all part of the fun. The way the forecast looks the snow may be around a few more days. If so, I am sure that there will be plenty more sled runs taken before we see it melt away.   

To view my full sledding gallery, visit this page