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 :)
A nice day hike at Raven Run in Lexington KY, hiked about 6 miles and enjoyed playing with the camera. The wildflowers are just starting to appear, looks like the next couple weeks are going to be great. Looking through these photos makes me realize how awesome it is that Lexington has something like Raven Run.
First the waterfalls
Same waterfall, just closer
Then the wildflowers (the identifications are very uncertain)
no idea what this is, a tree of some sort that was just budding. I just liked the patterns in the leaves.
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.
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.