Saturday, April 9, 2011

Red River Gorge

This past week the chiclets and I found ourselves finally on spring break. I know it must seem curious to want days off after having so many free snow days, but this is a different situation entirely. Warm temperatures and a hefty dose of spring fever made for a great week.


While the first part of our week dealt with farm and household duties, the latter included a trip to the Red River Gorge in east, central Kentucky. With its fantastic geological formations, it is a favorite of rock climbers everywhere. Known simply as, "The Red", climbers flock to the area with Miguel's Pizza famously known as a central hang out. And, yes Miguel makes some fabulous pizza.


We chose to do some hiking to get to the Natural Bridge. Why ride the chairlift when you can climb up a steep mountain instead?!


With all of the goofing off, it was surprising that we made it at all.

Here you can see our very own Toots in the pink shirt being dwarfed by the bridge. If you are a fan of nature and/or hiking at all, I would suggest a trip. Spectacular scenery abounds in the area. Even Secret Agent Man was dwarfed a bit by the formations. We also hiked a trail to Chimney Top Rock as seen in this photo.
My pictures do not do the area justice and the area is a wash of color during the fall.

39 comments:

  1. Oh wow! Just wonderful!

    I totally understand spring break being different than all those snow days off - you can PLAN something for that week and EXPECT to have fun and relaxation. Sounds like a great trip!

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  2. What gorgeous country! You must have had so much fun!--Inger

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  3. So much eye candy everywhere! Reminds me a little of the Black Hills. Rugged and beautiful.

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  4. How grand to have this lovely area to hike in...photos show of the mountains and rocks quite well!

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  5. What a beautiful site! I would hike up too. And you have shorts weather! I hope it heads this way soon. : )

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  6. Oh wow! What beautiful rock formations! You must have had a great time photographing it all!

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  7. Looks like a great family vacation! Pretty area -- bet it's gorgeous in the fall with all the colors. (Btw, a friend was looking over my shoulder while I was on your blog and said, 'Where is that?! That's beautiful!' referring to your banner.)

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  8. how very wonderful. thank you once again for this escape.

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  9. Just incredible! I'm in! Let me know where to start and I'm there:)

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  10. The place looks familiar. It seems my folks might have taken me and my sister there back in the '70's, but I can't be sure. Beautiful country!

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  11. Great pics. Some of my buddies and I went on a hike today and I was thinking the samething you were about the pics I posted....they don't do the area justice.

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  12. looks like a fun trip....nice family break....thanks for sharing with us..

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  13. That looks like a wonderful way to spend the day. It's amazing to see natural bridges and reading about what creates them.

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  14. So glad you had a good break. They go by too fast.

    Beautiful place to visit. My family originates in KY and we still own our family farm there. One of our favorite things to do is hike in the mountains!

    Your header photo is WONDERFUL. The field of flowers in front of the barn is magical.

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  15. I would love to do something like this, but I suppose you need to be a bit more fit than what I am right now...
    Beautiful scenery and great pictures. glad you all had a wonderful time...
    shug

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  16. Farmchick -- glad to view all the photos from the"Red." Will hopefully visit it this summer when family is visiting -- barbara

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  17. Gorgeous places! I would like to hike like this but I am not sure to able to... What about that chairlift?

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  18. It looks like an amazing place to hike.

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  19. What a beautiful area! I had just watched the DVD "127 Hours" and when I saw that tiny slot between the boulders, it made me shudder.

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  20. My hiking days are past but so happy you take me along:) Love the pictures.

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  21. We are always zipping through Kentucky and Tennessee to get some where. Obviously we need to slow down sometime and enjoy the side trips. The girls are getting old enough to do this, and I THINK the husband and I are still young enough to make it to the top!

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  22. I've never been to Kentucky. I AM a hiker and nature lover and this sure makes me want to go for a visit! Wonderful pictures.

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  23. Kentucky is on my list of places I want to visit! What a beautiful place and a great way to enjoy each other. We have Spring Break next week for 2 of our 3 kidnicks...can't wait!

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  24. Wow! What a beautiful place!

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  25. My husband and friends from Louisville have raved about this place for ages now. As soon as we move and get settled in Lou, I'm insisting on a trip there! I can't hardly wait!

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  26. These are amazing rock formations. That would be a major rock climb behind secret agent man. It is always difficult getting good pictures when locations are awash with trees, but you have done a great job here.

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  27. What a great area to hike. I have heard about it but never seen some of these rock formations. You took me there... in pix. I'm envious!

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  28. Wonderful trek. What a dramatic stone arch greeting you on your hike.

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  29. I think here in Florida, the Summer has been bullying the Spring. It's already hot (sigh).

    I am going to share your post with a friend who absolutely loves Kentucky and enjoys hiking too. I think he will really enjoy your post.

    Happy Spring to you.

    Velva

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  30. If your pictures don't do it justice then it must be absolutely gorgeous! I need to get out there sometime and visit that beautiful scenery :)

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  31. What gorgeous scenery! Just beautiful.

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  32. How awesome is that! I would lOve to do that and so would my must be outside at all times hubby! Lol! I can't believe y'all are just now having spring break. We had ours like 3 weeks ago! Crazy! Glad y'all are having fun! Xo
    Jessica

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  33. Oh, that's beautiful! I especially love that last photo! Glad you had a relaxing, fun time with good weather!

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  34. This is beautiful and it looked like so much fun!!

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  35. Pop and I have been there a few times, and it is truly an amazing place to get in a good healthy days excercise.It is beautiful there.

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