Hello, hello! Last weekend our family needed a little break from normal life, and we decided to take that break in the beautiful country of Kentucky! Our family is big on spending time in the untamed beauty of nature, having camped many years in a row in the incredible Red Wood Forest in California, and adventuring to Mount Hood, Cannon Beach, and the surrounding area of Washington and Oregon when we lived out west during our girls’ childhood. When we came to Ohio nearly a decade ago (wow), we found that type of outdoors-y adventure a little lacking… until we discovered the Red River Gorge, that is 😉 We all needed a breather, and having been starved of a good weekend in The Great Outdoors for too long, we decided it was time.
We stayed in the most lovely little cabin surrounded by beautiful woods and our own little (I say little in comparison to what we saw later 😉 ) rock face just a short bit down the road. The cabin was so quaint, complete with a loft where we girls slept, a wonderful kitchen where we cooked a good majority of our meals, and a wrap-around porch to view the surrounding woods and rock faces. Oh, and how could I forget the drive-way 😉 That thing was so steep, we ladies braced ourselves/closed our eyes/held our breath every time we drove up it lol! It was worth it though.
We arrived on Friday, and Jessica and I decided to go on a hike through the woods surrounding our cabin while Mom stayed inside and made dinner, and Brigid and Dad went grocery shopping. On Saturday we made our way to the gorge. Oh man, that place. It really stole our hearts…
…It was truly breathtaking entering into the gorge through the Nada Tunnel and to be completely confronted by massive cliffs engulfed in miles of forest, and hill upon hill stretching miles away into the horizon. As we were driving along the winding road to our first trail, we spotted a look-out and just had to stop to gaze on the great majesty surrounding us. Wow. Just wow. We hadn’t seen views comparable to this in years. It truly took our breath away…
Obligatory family photo! We get so few of these, I really wanted to make sure we got one while on our trip. It turned out quite nicely, thanks to a thick, rocky and very obliging fence post 😉
Above you can see the Red River right next to the road. It was a beautiful body of water to drive along as we made our way into and out of the gorge. We saw way too many amazing swimming spots for our own good… I think I see a camping trip in the near future? 😉
So many amazing rock structures, both big and small!
Saturday allowed us time for 2 trails, and only two because the rain caught up to us and we had to pack up and head back to our cabin. We spent the rest of the day shopping (Dad, Jess and Brigi) and relaxing/cooking (Mom and I), and wrapped up the evening with some movies.
On Sunday, the weather proved absolutely gorgeous, with sunny skies and 50˚ of warmth. Oh, it was blissful. We fit in two trails that morning before we had to head home. Our first was to the Silvermine rock structure, which I have pictures of below. The trail leading to it was surrounded by beautiful budding rhododendrons, which made the trail feel very conservatory-like.
Little rocks were imbedded in the sandstone and looked very similar to stars in a galaxy. So pretty 🙂
Our last hike was to the Angel Windows which were truly beautiful. My camera battery died (I forgot to bring my charger on the trip… bad Charlotte, BAD Charlotte! 😛 ), so I couldn’t get any photos of the incredible beauty of that place. Just imagine two “windows” of rock, through which you can walk to view the most lush alcove of woods and rock, hemmed in by dewy sandstone. Gorgeous. No pun intended. I promise 😉
Overall, our trip was amazing. Just a few hours aways, and we were in a paradise. Red River Gorge is definitely on our to-visit-again list, and hopefully sooner rather than later!
Have you ever visited the Red River Gorge?
-Charlotte, the youngest sister and singer