Red River Gorge

Hello y’all! πŸ˜‰ I’m back from Kentucky and hard at both work and working out this week. I’ve got my first triathlon next Sunday, the 31st (the day before my birthday πŸ™‚ ), so Ryan and I have decided to get up at 5:45 basically every day until then to get in our workouts. We’re both behind on training, but since mine is a mini-tri, hopefully I will do okay!

Here are some pictures from my mini-vacation last week!

Our first hike was in Natural Bridge State Park. It was only 1.5 miles from the parking lot, but it was a 600 foot ascent, with LOTS of stairs and winding uphill paths. The Natural Bridge was pretty cool. I didn’t realize until we got there that you could actually climb up on it, so naturally, we did! It was a terrifying drop off, however, with no rails. It was probably at least 20-30 feet wide though, so it was more mental because I didn’t go anywhere near the edge πŸ™‚

The second hike we did was to Daniel Boon’s Hut/Cave. This one was another 1.5 mile hike through the woods (plus 1.5 miles back), but it was mostly flat until we got closer to the caves.

The third and last hike we did was a modest 1.25 mile hike on a mostly flat, wide pathway. We wanted to bring Yoshi on at least one of the trails, and this one ended up being perfect. He pulled on the leash most of the way going in because he was so excited and wanted to see and smell everything. He gave him water every 5 minutes and carried him just a small ways back, mostly because we knew he would need breaks but was too excited to sit still. I loved having him with us on the vacay πŸ™‚

Overall, it was a (mostly) relaxing long-weekend in our private little cabin. We brought a ton of fresh fruits and veggies and so we had hearty, healthy meals to look forward to. We only ate out once at Red River Rock House (it was recommended to us before we left), and it was incredible. I highly recommend it if you ever stay in RRG. We had zero service in the entire area, but would randomly pick up signals here and there on the paths. We DID have satellite TV, so we kept up with Big Brother, and even got into some Dateline mysteries (yes, we’re wild ones). But mostly we just played games, took Yoshi on lots of walks, and read books.

Hope you have a fantastic week! XO

12 thoughts on “Red River Gorge

  1. What a nice break, and a good thing since you will be getting up at such an awful hour for the next two weeks. πŸ™‚

    I really like bats; one of my favorite places is the “bat bridge” on Congress in Austin, TX. Hundreds of thousands of bats live there, or at least they sleep there during the day. Crowds of people loiter on the bridge and the knoll below at dusk to watch all of the bats fly out in to the sky once the sun has disappeared. It is really an amazing sight.

      • Oh. For some reason I thought the other dog I see in your Instagram photos was yours too. Silly me. A friend of my had a couple corgis and they are so much fun. They’re adorable with kids β€” they herd them, lol!

      • Nope, he’s one and the same πŸ™‚ He photographs light and dark because his fur is a mixture of both. They are definitely herders…and stubborn as all get out. He likes to go on walks, but as soon as we turn around to head back, he’ll lay down in protest and I’ll end up carrying him half the way back (and he’s getting heavy too!) Silly pup!

    • Don’t worry about it love! I know what it’s like to have a super insane schedule πŸ™‚ I’m going to try to get some extra posts done this weekend so I don’t have any more long absences when I don’t have time to write. Huzzah!

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