Showing posts with label Red River Gorge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Red River Gorge. Show all posts

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Auxier Ridge with kids

Auxier Ridge in Red River Gorge
11/11/17

Mom was out of town and my kids drive me nuts at home, so thankfully the weather was nice. We loaded up and headed to the Gorge. I wanted a reasonably easy hike and some views, so we went to the end of Tunnel Ridge Road for a hike out towards Courthouse Rock. I knew it was going to be busy but I wasn't looking for solitude since I had three kids with me.

It was about 50 degrees so we all started out with jackets and hats.

I did not take too many photos because I was occupied with herding cats, I mean keeping my kids from killing each other. But, I made them sit down at one point so I could take a couple photos of Raven Rock and the fall leaves.




Nobody fell off a cliff, we mostly had a good time and I finally made it to the Gorge to see the fall colors. A good way to spend the day with my kids.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Summer Solstice Sunset

I dropped my oldest off at an overnight camp in Irvine and realized that the Gorge was not that far out of the way. I grabbed Subway for dinner and headed for the end of Tunnel Ridge Road to catch the sunset. I got to the trailhead about a half hour before sunset and hurried down the trail. I got set up with about 10 minutes to spare. The only real problem was the horseflies, there was a lot of swatting, but I only got bit a couple times.

It looked like the clouds were going to be "too thick" to make an interesting sunset, but I was wrong.

 



I'm always amazed at how a little post-processing can change a photo. These next three are the same photo, just processed a differently.

I think this is what a sunset on Jupiter would look like


The last two are panoramas, so scroll to the right to see the whole thing




Thursday, June 1, 2017

Wet Waterfall Hike

We were still recovering from Greece and the weather was nice. Since I generally like my kids better when we are outside, I decided that it might be a good day for a creek hike in the gorge. I figured the waterfall at the end of the trail would keep them motivated. I also warned them that they were going to get their feet wet and muddy, they did not seem to have a problem with that :)






They were impressed by the waterfall.
 
We had lunch in the shade.
 
And then they played while I drank a beer :)




We saw a crawfish in a pool near the waterfall and then this butterfly, no snakes :)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Swift Camp Creek

2/9/17
The gravel roads are still closed in the gorge. I decided that I would park at the gate on Rock Bridge Rd and just walk the 3 miles to the normal trailhead and then loop back on the Turtle Back Arch trail to the road then my car. It would be about 11 miles, but ~5 miles would be the road, so an easy hike. I figured I would be guaranteed to have the place to myself.

Got out of the car at 9:30 after dropping kids at school/daycare. The thermometer said 30 degrees, it was overcast and damp. I'm glad I went back in the house to get a hat and gloves.

It was a pleasant road walk. After less than an hour, I was at the Rock Bridge Trailhead.

View from the overlook about half way down the Rock Bridge Trail, cold and grey, it started snowing about a half hour later.

I spent a little time photographing Creation Falls.


And then headed down the Swift Camp Creek Trail. Swift Camp Creek was really running, lots of silt from the last couple days of rain. It looked like the creek was 6-8 inches higher in the very recent past. When the weather warms up, I'm coming back to do a little creek walking.









Then off to check out Pooch Falls. I knew there was a waterfall here, but I had never bothered to climb down the cliff to actually see it from below. A while back, someone posted a picture on kywilderness.com of the falls and I knew that I wanted to check it out the next time I was in the area. It is a very cool waterfall.



Then up the hill to find Turtle Back Arch. I had last been here a couple years ago and remembered the basic location. After a little bit of poking around, I found the arch. It ended up being higher up the cliff face than I remembered.



View from the top of the arch

It took a little bit of doing, but I made it to the top of the ridge and found a very obvious trail. It was very easy to follow once I was on top of the ridge. The sun had sort of appeared, so it was a very nice hike back to the road and then to my car.


Interesting tree, maybe a "Cherokee Tree"

A great 6 hours in the gorge. Once again, I did not see anyone.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Douglas Trail

Douglas Trail
Red River Gorge
1/19/17

After last week's hike to the waterfall, I decided to hike the Douglas Trail and see if I could find some good "trickles" in the creeks to photograph. I also wanted to experiment with my new neutral density filter for some long-exposure photos. I ended up being happier with the small things vs. the water but I still had a good time.







I can't decide which version I like better.

Rock face at the Wall of Denial







A couple creek trickles


Upper Red River (30 second exposure)


Looking up Clifty Creek