Leaving the Blue Skies of Kentucky

Leaving the blue skies of Kentucky. Sad to leave our new friends, but excited for the hugs that we'll be enjoying tomorrow! #ontheroadagain
Today we pulled out of our April project at Oakdale Christian Academy, but before we leave Kentucky behind there were just a couple more things I wanted to share about our time in the beautiful Eastern Kentucky Mountains!
I just want it known that the guy at the Welcome Center was wrong. While Jackson may not be be a tourist destination, there is still lots to love about this little corner of Kentucky!
1. It is close to the Red River Gorge, which is home to many beautiful sights and hikes. Even without much spring green, we still loved our day over at ‘the Gorge’.
There was the Nada Tunnel, built at the turn of the century as a tunnel for the logging trains.
RedRiverGorgeDay-2
It’s a pretty tight fit –
RedRiverGorgeDay-3
and, man, is it dark in there!
RedriverGorgeDay-Nada
But going through that tunnel is just the beginning of a great scenic drive –
RedRiverGorgeDay-8
RedRiverGorgeDay-5
There were hikes to take
RedRiverGorgeDay-9
RedRiverGorgeDay-23
RedRiverGorgeDay-31
RedRiverGorgeDay-34
and amazing rock arches and formations to explore.
RedRiverGorgeDay-27
RedRiverGorgeDay-30
RedRiverGorgeDay-40
There was a bit of Kentucky History at the Gladie Cabin
RedRiverGorgeDay-15
and of course, given the gorge connotation, amazing views!
RedRiverGorgeDay-43
And don’t forget, the Red River…..
RedRiverGorgeDay-19
RedRiverGorgeDay-18
It was a beautiful day, filled with the signs of spring
RedRiverGorgeDay-10
RedRiverGorgeDay-13
and reminders of seasons past.
RedRiverGorgeDay-22
2. It’s also close to Buckhorn Lake and State Park.
IMG_7750_edited-1
KYBuckhornLake-29
We didn’t spend to much time at the lake, but we did enjoy a couple more short hikes!
KYBuckhornLake-15
which displayed more signs of spring and those beautiful wildflowers!
Kentucky Wildflowers
There were lots of interesting trees –
KYBuckhornLake-6
KYBuckhornLake-7
KYBuckhornLake-8
Crazy, right?
It was another great Kentucky day.
KYSights-2
3. Folks in this neck of the woods have some pretty amazing ways to get across the stream –
KYSights-1
(Yeah. The one at the Gorge was doable. This one – not so much!)
KYRoads-7
Um, guardrails? Please?
4. Well, I could go on – but truth be told, it’s been a long day and that bed back there is calling me! One final shot of a stretch of road that totally amazed us as we pulled into Jackson.
RedRiverGorgeDay-47
Man, that is some bit of carving-it-through-the-mountain road engineering!

Tomorrow we head on our way to love on the Ohio kids and grands – ah, such sweet times ahead. But first a good Walmart parking lot sleep over for me!

Meanwhile – if you’d like to see more of the Highways and Byways and Hikeways of Kentucky – check them out here!
Red River Gorge
Buckhorn Lake and trails
Kentucky Sights
Kentucky Roads

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.