Red River Gorge (KY)


May 16, 2016
Another short trip this summer

Jun 3 - 4 2019 (1 night)
Red River Gorge (Daniel Boone NF)
2019 bag nights: 4

I wanted to test out a lens for astrophotography and got permission for a quick overnight trip. At the last minute, my wife suggested I take my son for some boy's time, sure why not since I was not planning on anything hard.

We had an easy hike to "The Veranda" where I was a little disappointed to find a solo camper already set up. I figured I'd have the place to myself in the middle of the week. He had a hammock so was back in the trees while we setup the tent near the end and a nice view. I talked to him a little bit before dinner and probably would have chatted more, but this was supposed to be "boys time" with my son.

Texting mom with my InReach

Afterglow from the sunset, this is looking east towards Hansons Point

My son went to bed and I watched the stars and had a splash to drink, but it was pretty obvious that the clouds were going to ruin astrophotography.

I left my camera set up to take photos all night. There was enough humidity that the lens ended up coated with dew by the morning, but you can still see the milky way rising here (about midnight).

We woke up and made a small fire in an existing fire ring. He had hot chocolate and I had some coffee.

While packing up the tent, we found a small praying mantis which he thought was pretty cool.

Then one last photo ...

... and down the trail


Grays Arch, notice my son in the lower right corner for scale.

Then pizza at Miguels and home. Note: we don't usually drink soda, but this was a "celebration". He wanted Sprite but they only had Mountain Dew. I told him that I loved it when I was his age (can't stand it now). So his first Mountain Dew, he thought it was awesome and mentions it all the time. I think he needs to go backpacking again if he wants some more :)

A great trip with my son, I'm glad my wife suggested that I take him.
too cool. I've spent a few nights at that same place. great pics!
Hansons Point is by far the best view for night photography if you haven't been. Weekdays...or later in the season.
too cool. I've spent a few nights at that same place. great pics!
Hansons Point is by far the best view for night photography if you haven't been. Weekdays...or later in the season.

I had never camped at the Veranda, but I have enjoyed many breaks there. As far as Hansons Point, my assumption is there is someone camping there every night of the year :) I could actually hear an idiot with an axe/hatchet chopping away while I was enjoying the view. I don't usually camp in the gorge because there are too many people, this was just a short trip to see if my zoom lens was ok with stars.
my assumption is there is someone camping there every night of the year
You are probably not wrong. I used to camp there on weeknights and had it to myself. I fear that those days are gone.
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