Get Out, Be Safe, Go Adventure… Part two.

So the last post I presented getting out and a little bit about learning to be safe.  Not just safe in your person but also a little about helping to save the environment you explore.

But first…   Let me tell you that I include many links in my blog.  Please take the time to explore them because I provide them as a road map to more information and adventures.

Grab your adventure buddy.
Grab your adventure buddy.

So go get your adventure buddy and let’s get started.   Today we are hiking down to Gray’s Arch in the Red River Gorge located within the Daniel Boone National Forest.  This is near the beginning of the trail to Gray’s Arch.  The trail head also has a couple of picnic tables and two vault toilets.

This trail is a popular well travelled trail.
This trail is a popular well traveled trail.

Gray’s Arch is a little over a mile on this trail.  As with most of the trails in the Gorge it is a loop, so you can extend your hike by simply coming back on the other side of the loop.

The beginning portion of the trail is moderate canopy.
The beginning portion of the trail is moderate canopy.

Expect to hike under moderate canopy on even terrain on the first portion of this trail.  But then the trail crosses a bridge to another ridge and starts downward.

The closest thing to a meadow is the bridges between to ridges.
The closest thing to a meadow is the bridges between to ridges.

When you cross the bridge you’ll actually be in open sky and sunlight.  But that won’t last very long the trail starts it’s downward leg to the base of the arch.  WATCH YOUR FOOTING.  There are many places to step on rocks and over roots that are on the trail.  Speaking of rocks, you’ll see many interesting formations along the way to the arch.  The sharp edge features in the rock faces were must likely carved by wind and sand before the vegetation grew up to provide cover from the wind.

erroded by time...
erroded by time…

Yet there was another force at work in this forest,  Water produced many of the rounded features we find in stone.

An example of the water flow errosion through the massive cliffs.
An example of the water flow errosion through the massive cliffs.

And water there is, at Gray’s Arch that day the amount of water vapor hanging in the air from the water falling off the top of the arch made it feel much cooler.  In fact I had been carrying my little Nikon CoolPix camera in my pocket and had to wait because the moisture was condensing on the lens.

Water falling from the top of the arch kept the area very cool and damp.
Water falling from the top of the arch kept the area very cool and damp.
Layla really liked this spot.
Layla really liked this spot.

Just how far did the water fall?  I’ve heard the arch is 79 feet tall, but here’s a picture to help put into perspective some of the size of this spot…

This was a ledge next to the arch.
This was a ledge next to the arch.

Since we went down to the base of the arch, we gotta go back up.

1 of 3 sets of steps going down to the base of Gray's Arch.
1 of 3 sets of steps going down to the base of Gray’s Arch.

 

Going down these stairs was much easier than coming back up.  But up we must climb.  There’s very few places to set camp even if you’re camping in a hammock.  So we hiked about halfway back out to find a camp spot.

Layla looking to see if the Hobbits are home.
Layla looking to see if the Hobbits are home.

No need to be in too big of a hurry…. are there Hobbits in there Layla?

Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home

We found a spot and set camp, not a very big spot, but Home Sweet Home.  So now it’s time to rest…

Chillin' in the shade
Chillin’ in the shade

I must have really wore her out because I had a real sleepyhead the next morning.

No Dan YOU get up!  Call me when the coffee is ready.
No Dan YOU get up! Call me when the coffee is ready.

Coffee’s on!

Time to get up!
Time to get up!

Sad to see this trip coming to an end…

But I’ve got to go back to work.  I’m glad I got to bring you along.

 

So, until next time…

Get Out, Be Safe, Go Adventure.

2 thoughts on “Get Out, Be Safe, Go Adventure… Part two.”

  1. Thanks for taking me along through your post, Dan. I enjoyed the hike and scenery.
    Ed

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