Camping in Red River Gorge, Kentucky
After my last post promising more photos from camping in Red River Gorge, I sat down at my computer to edit them and realized I didn’t take nearly as many photos as I thought I did. Whooooops! I guess that’s not a bad thing since most of the time was spent enjoying the moment instead. By “enjoying the moment” I mean “contemplating the worth of making my own decisions as we hike half a mile uphill to the next climb site” and ” eff this, I’m staying behind at the campsite to read A Game of Thrones because my thighs are burning and I would rather be in a coma than endure more of this when there isn’t anywhere easy enough for me to climb anyway.”
Regardless, it was still a fun trip. I needed a weekend away from anything work-related and that’s exactly what it was. I was hesitant to tag along because it was supposed to be a huge group of climbers and fellow non-climbers, but it went from a group of 10-ish people to just me and the three most obsessive climbers I’ve ever met in my life. I didn’t want to hold them back because I’m nowhere close to being the Mountain Man I aspire to be, but they assured me it would be fine since I was already planning on going. I’m not dead, so I guess it was fine!
We left on Friday night after everyone was home from work. Stopped at Waffle House for dinner. It was my first time there so I ate until I absolutely hated myself. Totally worth it.
One thing about Waffle House: if you finish your meal and decide you want a burger for the road, just go to McDonald’s instead. Josh asked the waitress if she could whip him up a burger to go, and she looked at him as if he told her he was going to give her a million dollars but decided to set it on fire in the parking lot instead. She begrudgingly slapped together a burger, cooked medium with extra rage, which he bashfully clutched with both hands as he nibbled tiny bites of shame. Then she had to UPDATE THE BILL. The humanity.
Anyway, that’s enough about Waffle House. Here are some photos of me behind the camera 100% of the time.
1. Light pre-climb reading. 2. Set up the hammock at one climbing spot. This thing was such a good investment. So cozy and relaxing. And as you can see, you can sit in it while staring at climbers butts.
Synchronized climbing! For our next trip, I’m going to make them matching spandex suits and flower caps.
This is what most of Muir Valley is like. 400 acres of trails, mini caves, and sport climbing walls.
We stayed at Land of the Arches campground. Only $5 a night for bathrooms, showers, a pavilion made of an airplane hangar, indoor area in case of rain, and free wifi. The moonlight was my favorite part.
On the way home we had a very deep discussion on which Disney movies have the best soundtracks. Lion King made the top spot, possibly because I threatened to filibuster if they tried to give it to something lame like Sleeping Beauty. Lion King is simply too powerful to ignore. I can’t even go to the drive-in without thinking about Mufasa dying because that’s where I first saw it all go down. I also can’t wake up to sun pouring in through my window without hearing BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA SOWENYAAAAAAAAAAAA MAMABEATSEBABAH in my head.
If Circle of Life is now stuck in your head too, here’s a palate cleanser thanks to the hilarious Beauty and the Beast soundtrack. Remember the Gaston song? SO brilliant.
Biceps to spare, guys.
So what’s your favorite Disney song?July 30, 2013
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