Where is your favorite place to watch the leaves change in the fall? 🍁🍂 .
Mine? Tough choice. Red River Gorge in the Daniel Boone National Forest, Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, or on a walk through many of the old, historic neighborhoods in Central Kentucky. .
This pic is from a recent hike at the gorge.
More photos from our accidental 10-mile hike.
We may have misjudged the length, but the views (and the nachos) were worth it.
3 183 October, 2019
Ever been on a hike that ended up being longer than you planned?
That happened to us on Sunday during record heat, AND we ran out of water.
However, the Red River Gorge is a beautiful place to hike, and we highly recommend the Rough Trail. BUT... Read our Hike and a Pint post before you hike it so that you’re fully prepared. (Link in bio)
5 352 October, 2019
Hey, assholes who left a campfire smoldering in the Sky Bridge, Red River Gorge area (125 acres are expected to burn). Read my shirt and 🖕🏼 you! YOU KNEW THERE WAS A BURN BAN!! I hope you come forward and are charged accordingly.
But in better times.... Matt and I and a random friend being BROS!! ❌🔥🌲
3 582 October, 2019
A year ago today I was by myself, hiking in KY. cell service was sketchy, i had just passed a sign informing me I was in "black bear country" and the location I was at was an active area. I was jumpy the whole hike and stayed alert and tense. I reached #princessfalls and took a moment to take in the view, contemplating venturing further. As I made the decision to go further, i was startled by nothing other.. than a grasshopper 😒 at the time, I decided my heartrate was high enough and I needed to get back to cell service. Now? I wish I'd continued further. Fear is a funny thing. The basis of this insane emotion is lack of trust. Lack of trust that no matter what happens, itll be ok. Lack of trust in your own ability to handle any given situation. I learned so much this particular trip....one is that fear? No longer has power over me 💕
4 351 October, 2019
Impatiens capensis, the orange jewelweed, common jewelweed, spotted jewelweed, or orange balsam, is an annual plant native to North America. It is common in bottomland soils, ditches, and along creeks, often growing side-by-side with its less common relative, yellow jewelweed (I. pallida). The angle of the nectar spur is very important in the pollination of the flower and in determining the most efficient pollinator. Hummingbirds are major pollinators. They remove more pollen per visit from flowers with curved nectar spurs than with perpendicular nectar spurs. But hummingbirds are not the only pollinators of Impatiens capensis. Bees, especially bumblebees play an important role in pollination as well. Due to hummingbirds and bees, the pollination of Impatiens capensis is very high.
Spent this past weekend in Kentucky going on adventures with my favorite person. Went to Red River Gorge on Friday and hiked around Natural Bridge. Beautiful views and some awesome natural structures. So grateful I get to go on adventures and experience these things with this amazing guy 🥰 #redrivergorge#naturalbridge#hikingkentucky#hikingbuddy#coupleswhohike
The Pinnacles at Berea College is an incredible system of trails with breathtaking views. There are some steep climbs, but it is well worth it.
Berea College is an excellent institution that offers a no tuition promise to every student. This generous institution makes these trails available for free.
Trailhead located at: 2047 Big Hill Rd, Berea, KY 40403
Late August is technically still summer, but I'm excited for fall to begin, so mushroom hunting I go. While pickings were slim, at least I came upon a pinesap (Monotropa hypopitys). This mycoheterotroph feeds on a fungi that colonizes pine tree roots. It's a plant but doesn't have any chlorophyll to make sugars with - relying instead on the sugars produced by the pine tree that it steals from the fungus. The lovely pink color is the only pigment it needs!