October 17 – Red River Gorge

Renfro Valley, Kentucky is supposed to be the second to Grand Ole Opry for the amount of Country Music venues. We had to check it out Friday night and attended an event with Russel Moore and the III Tyme Out blue grass band. They were good and knew how to play the banjo and mandolin and violin. Blue grass the way it is supposed to be done.

Saturday my cousin and her husband invited us to hike the Red River Gorge (Natural Bridge State Resort Park). What a beautiful park and it was amazing the number of fellow hikers that day. I am talking about 100’s of hikers. It was if this was a grand opening and everybody had to attend. But I guess it is like this all the time. I was told this is in the top 10 hiking locations in the US.DSC_0047 DSC_0010 DSC_0009

We didn’t know we would end up hiking 5 hours (Brenda was a trooper and made it all the way) and we traveled up 1500 (plus or minus) physical steps up (and down). We are both a little sore this morning but we are moving. The views were tremendous and seeing the natural rock bridge was impressive. It was a worthwhile hike but bring lunch and water (we did).  DSC_0062 DSC_0121 DSC_0107 DSC_0075

One thing we have learned on this adventure is that “family is important and fun”. Spending time with my cousin and her husband and my aunt Angie, brought back memories and created new ones. We will never forget the hike.

The other thing we have gotten used to but don’t like is the dry counties. We stopped for food after our hike and it was a Mexican restaurant and they did not serve Margaritas – what is a burrito without a margarita?

Campground here is pretty plain (no trees) and is just off I 75 and an easy off and on for us motorhomes. They stop one night and move on. We are staying 3 days to investigate the area. No wifi so there goes our data plan.

Today will be a catch up day, but we will head north to Berea to see the various artists and art work. Its only 15 minutes north so we will have a chance to to relax.

If you are wondering where Hansel and Gretel are, they have been enjoying the campground and there is a wide open are where they can run free. They love to investigate the fields. They are great travelers.

Fall color is not too good yet.

We head out tomorrow for the Smokey Mountains.

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