Hikesgiving 2015 in the Red River Gorge

BJett

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Tradition has ruled most of my 40 years when it comes to Thanksgiving. This year was different.

The weather last Thursday was in the 60's and sunny with a nice warm breeze, and the sunrises lately have been ridiculous. Throw in a full moon and I just had to go.
The day hikers were on their way out as I backpacked in, on their way home to feast as I was on my way to scenery and solitude. And I'm wearing shorts.
I hiked the 2 miles out to Auxier Ridge, one of the most crowded areas in a very crowded place but on this day is was deserted and the conditions were perfect. I set up camp near the cliff edge and busted out my backcountry version of Thanksgiving dinner. Cheez-Its may become part of a new tradition.

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Evening on Auxier Ridge
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I was hoping the water pockets on the ridge were still full, I expected the sunset and sunrise to add some nice reflections.
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Sunset on the ridge
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Taken around 9pm, all natural light from the full moon. 30 second shutter speed.
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Still wearing shorts...
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Early the next morning my tent lit up. I stepped out to this.
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Auxier Ridge and Courthouse Rock
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Haystack Rock and Double Arch across the valley
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I hope everyone had a terrific holiday weekend.
 

TannerT

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My weekend was chill but not like yours. Thanks for sharing and happy thanksgiving!!
 

slc_dan

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Great trip man!

I can't think of a better way to spend the day.
 

Artemus

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Beautiful Brandon. And thanks for sharing your bird day. Ours was great too. How far of a drive to the Gorge is it for you?
 

BJett

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@Artemus thanks! It's about an hour drive to most trailheads in the RRG. It's our "quick fix" place when we don't feel like driving hours south and east.
 

Archbishop

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i know that cliff. I almost tumbled off the edge there a few years ago. Fun times.....
 

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