Explore the world and earn Karma points! Sabertooth Scout Sammy is the Tour Director and Captain Raz is the official Travel Group pilot! ALL ABOARD FOR FUN!

Ever wondered what it would be like to go to the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, KY?? Well you can forget wondering and start planning! Scout Hermes and his brother Chip will be our Guest Hosts for a fabulous and fun trip to this year’s Derby on May 6 and 7. We’re ironing out the details now but we can promise lots of fun. Lady Scouts you’d better start looking for a BIG FANCY hat to wear – you know that’s a tradition! Hermes, Chip and I are working on activities and plans and as we get things set, we’ll put out more “travel bulletins” to keep you informed.

For now – put the dates on your calendar…………….we’ll leave morning of the 6th and return the evening of the 7th. STAY TUNED!

Salutes, Sammy Kimmell, Your Travel Director and Scouts Hermes and Chip, your GUEST HOSTS
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  • I am giving you all some more photo ops – if we lose any of this during the site migration no worries – I’ll repost them! Tour bus, arriving at hotel and choice of rooms for you to pick!

  • OK Travel Cats – here’s the first batch of photo ops for the trip….! You can work on these if you wish – save them up and post them during the event if you can but there is no specific TIME to be here for the Derby trip. These are photos of Cat Scouts Airlines lounge area and inside our…[Read more]

  • Alicat posted an update in the group Group logo of Sammy’s Travel ServiceSammy’s Travel Service 4 days, 15 hours ago

    This is what I will be wearing to the derby.

  • Alicat posted an update in the group Group logo of Sammy’s Travel ServiceSammy’s Travel Service 5 days, 13 hours ago

    I went really fancy. Is it too much?

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    • Oh, you look stunning, Alicat!

    • Ali, that is My Fair Lady’s costume from the Ascot races! Very elegant! Probably a bit much for our derby, but it doesn’t hurt to be dressed to the nines!! Bravo!

  • Hermes posted an update in the group Group logo of Sammy’s Travel ServiceSammy’s Travel Service 6 days, 15 hours ago

    Some advice. At the track, or as we sometimes say, at the Downs, avoid the infield! You couldn’t pay me to go there, not for all the treats in the world. It’s usually muddy, overcrowded, and most everyone is drunk. That’s where most of the arrests are made! Tickets are cheap, compared to all others. Used to be really cheap. For our balcony we…[Read more]

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    • Sounds like great fun, Hermes! Yes barn cats have the best scoop. By the way, what is Burgoo?

    • Thanks for the tip about the muddy infield, Hermes! We cats definitely do not want to get muddy paws or clothes! Can’t wait to meet the backside feline tour guides!

    • Ah, Burgoo! It a really great stew. Every locale in America has their own version, Burgoo is ours. Usually three kinds of meat, these days, in the city, outlying beef, pork, and chicken. I’ve seen recipes calling for squirrel and rabbit! Here’s a typical list of ingredients, and cook it all day!…[Read more]

    • Often it has okra in it. Mama made it ONCE with okra. Said it got slimey. Never again! Of course, fresh veggies are best. Use frozen only if fresh isn’t available! Please!

    • Hermes, I thought I had heard of it before, but forgot it until you sent the recipe. We have an American Heritage cookbook that features it. It sounds wonderful….are we going to have some when we visit?

    • Of course!! They might have it on the buffet on the Belle of Louisville! And absolutely will have it at the track!!

    • Hi Hermes. Wow that stew sounds great and we cant wait to taste it. Barn cats are really friendly so I be we can get a nice tour if we come early.Purrs

  • Hermes posted an update in the group Group logo of Sammy’s Travel ServiceSammy’s Travel Service 6 days, 15 hours ago

    Oh, Mama found a good picture of me, before I became a skinny cat!!

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    • Can you see the peanut cans on the floor behind me? Mama brought those back from her mama’s house after she died. That was mama’s inheritance!! We, much of it! The cans were filled with mostly pennies!! Mama got Amazon gift cards with them, books for her kindle!

    • You are very handsome, Hermes. I hope she bought you some nice stuff with her Amazon pennies. (My pup Rosco was disappointed because when his Gram-Gram went to heaven, he inherited her cat! MOL!)

    • It’s a good photo of you Hermes……being skinny isn’t so bad – we trim down when we get older and its less pressure on our “achey-breakie” limbs – at least that’s what Angel Sam used to tell me when he was teaching me before he left.

    • Wonderful photo Hermes. Being thin has advantages. Brofur Buddy Budd has lost 7 pounds in the past 3 years and it has helped his joints.He says he misses being a Man Cat Monster but likes how he can still move when he wants to. He was flipping and chasing with Einie this morning when Dad got one of our flying toys out. Yes there are advantages.…[Read more]

  • Hermes posted an update in the group Group logo of Sammy’s Travel ServiceSammy’s Travel Service 6 days, 15 hours ago

    Two weeks from tomorrow we will all be in Louisville for the Run for the Roses! Ladycats, do you have your beautiful hats?? Guys, got your best Derby Duds packed!! It is going to be so much fun!
    You know, for a while I wasn’t sure I’d be joining you in the festivities. But I’m holding my own, and plan to be with you for all the fun! Maybe…[Read more]

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    • Hermes, We are delighted you’ll be with us, and we are hoping to get all the inside Louisville scoop from you and Chip!

    • I’m ready with my derby watching outfit. I will stay away from mud and anything messy.

    • This will be fun! Thanks for hosting it, Hermes. Alicat, I saw your beautiful outfit, you definitely don’t want to get that muddy.

  • Felix S posted an update in the group Group logo of Sammy’s Travel ServiceSammy’s Travel Service 2 weeks ago

    Do you think this pair will qualify for the Derby?!

  • In past years, this is what I have always worn to Kentucky Derby parties.

  • I am trying on some outfits for the Kentucky Derby.

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    • This is stunning, Aetheling! Leave the flowered hat for the ladies, please! You will be the best-dressed cat dude at the event, hands-down!!

    • Aetheling you look fabulous……love the touches of the rose on the lapel and tucked into your straw hat! I think this would be the PURRRFECT look for the Derby!

  • Hey Travelers! Here’s a link to a page on the Derby site about “what to wear” !!! May help you when you plan for the racetrack!

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    • Great advice! I did click on the Derby Themed jewelry. A tiny glass vial on a chain with dirt from the track in it??? Really?? If we just walk across it on our bare Cat feet, we can collect enough dirt between our toesies to fill lots of things!! MOL!!

    • Our lady cats won’t need a tote bag of stuff! Bottled water, rain ponchos, etc. Will be in our suite. But you will need sunglasses. Unless it rains. The good news is that if the weather is cold or rainy, we can see the whole track from our suite and we have a covered balcony!!

    • The advice on that site is great, but the Vineyard Vines clothes are all wrong. Don’t come dressed for Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. This is THE DERBY!

  • Hermes posted an update in the group Group logo of Sammy’s Travel ServiceSammy’s Travel Service 3 weeks ago

    The Kentucky Derby Festival (Mama knows the president of KDF) is providing this year’s poster to each Scout! Get you copies here!!

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    • I’ll see if Chip will let me hang mine in our dorm room!

    • We love this poster, Hermes! Mom is getting misty-eyed a wee bit>

    • What a totally cool poster Hermes! How nice of the KDF to give each Scout one! Thanks………….

    • How did I not see this poster when you posted it? That is a great poster! Thank you for getting one for each of us.

  • Here’s a list of what we’ll be doing in Louisville! No set times for things – come when you can – post when you can….more details coming! (click to biggify)

    • I’ve never been out of Canada so I am looking furward to going. Do they have mousies in Kentucky?

    • Oh indeed they DO have mousies in Kentucky – they’re big as horses (hahahaha).

  • Teddy posted an update in the group Group logo of Sammy’s Travel ServiceSammy’s Travel Service 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    Angel Sammy I think THIS is the look I want for the Derby – whatcha think??????

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    • Wow!! You look just perfect for the day! You can wear that to the lunch cruise on the Belle of Louisville! And to the track!! You would look super caterrific in a straw boater! But not on the Belle, usually too windy on the mighty Ohio River!

    • Hi Chip! I’ll be sure and bring my boater………I have one from a previous trip we took so I’ll be all set!!

    • OMC!!! You look pawfect!

    • Teddy, you are purrfectly attired, and very dapper, indeed!

  • Teddy posted an update in the group Group logo of Sammy’s Travel ServiceSammy’s Travel Service 3 weeks, 2 days ago

    Been looking online for the “right” outfit to wear to the Derby! Interesting to see the variety of things but one thing is definitely “IN” and that’s HATS! For ladies BIG HATS and for men STRAW hats like the old days!

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    • Sorry I can’t make that “poster” about mens fashion for the Derby BIGGER – it looks like it’s “vintage” though…..mentions a MADRAS jacket! EEEEK!

  • Alicat posted an update in the group Group logo of Sammy’s Travel ServiceSammy’s Travel Service 4 weeks ago

    I am looking for the perfect outfit to wear

  • Ætheling posted an update in the group Group logo of Sammy’s Travel ServiceSammy’s Travel Service 4 weeks ago

    I already have a rose-covered hat!

  • Travel Group! We’re getting closer and closer to the Kentucky Derby Trip, Guest Hosted by Scout Hermes! Stay tuned – soon we’ll have more info for you! Are you getting excited? GIDDYUP!

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