I left for Kentucky after work on a Friday, trying to beat the latest snowstorm bearing down on Door County…and success! Staying in Norhtern Illinois at Illinois State Park, near Zion, cuts 4 hours off my 13 hour drive to SE KY. It was chilly Friday night, about 30 degrees. While I was enjoying 70 degrees later over the weekend in Kentucky, back home it was snowing and blowing! Cutting 4 hours off my drive let me stop and visit an Uncle in Georgetowm, KY before camping in the Red River Gorge on Saturday.
So, Friday Night...Camped @ Ill Beach State Park
April 6, 2013
Red River Gorge http://www.redrivergorge.com/camping.html
Camped @ Koomer Ridge Campground in the Red River Gorge, KY
Saturday night after spenting a few hours with Uncle Johnny back in Georgetown.
Koomer Ridge #10
Nice secluded site overlooking a gorgeSite # 10; I just slept in the back of the truck after finding enough wood for a nice fire. Watched the stars come out and crawled in for a long sleep.
April 7, 2013
Hiked to Daniel Boones Hut
There is an old saltpeter mine under one of the rock shelters and a large bolder covered with petroglyphs protected from vandalism with a chain link fence.
The entrance to...one of hundreds of rock Shelters in the area
From within a shelter
During summer this is a dark, moist gorge, a perfect place to hide.
Walking at the base of a Rock Shelter
This is not a long hike, just a couple miles, but is slippery, damp and fairly rough.
Nearing Daniel Boones Hut and the Niter Mining site
Some of the trail is not well marked with several unofficial trails creating confusion if you’re not paying attention to your way. Hiking this trail is well worth it to walk underneath the big leaf, rainforest type atmosphere, on the way to see one of the few publicly accessible petroglyphs.
There are many other petroglyphs in the RRG, but sadly, they are kept secret to protect them from vandalism, which is rampant in this area.