My love affair with America began a long time before 2012, when I ordered the flag vest. There are a number of places and events I visited around our great country before owning the vest that I wish I'd had the vest for.
One of those is Lexington, Kentucky during the Kentucky Derby. I went to that most famous of horse races with my roommates from Chicago and others around 2010. We "sat" in the infield and drank mint juleps and watched people sprint across the tops of porta potties.
On a later visit to the bluegrass state, I paid a visit to one of the state's most famous exporters: Maker's Mark Distillery. I was driving through solo, so didn't get to do much tasting. But what a great spot.