Thanks to a glitch — or something — in mobile mapping apps, including those from Apple and Google, people looking for Southern Lights, the illuminated holiday extravaganza at the Kentucky Horse Park, have wandered into some unintended places, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
Places such as the Barton Brothers Farm off Lisle Road.
Typically, visitors to the drive-through lights display would enter through the Horse Park’s Iron Works Pike campground gate.
But for whatever reason, hundreds of mystified drivers are finding themselves steered by mobile mapping apps and GPS devices to a back entrance to the park off Ky. 2909, through a tunnel under Interstate 75 and right to the Bartons’ grain elevator.
There have been so many that the Horse Park and the state have put up signs saying, in effect, “Turn around, and stop listening to your phone.”
That effort at redirection works pretty well — if the visitors read English.
Farm co-owner Bob Barton said he recently saw a minivan coming onto his property and knew the group was lost.
“Usually people turn around, but these people didn’t,” Barton said. So he went looking for them and found them at the back of his farm.
“It was a Japanese couple, probably with the mother in the back, and nobody spoke English, and my Japanese sign language is bad,” Barton said. “Finally, I was able to convince them to follow me and I led them back to the entrance.”
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