Spring Break-Red River Gorge "Day without signal"

Part of an ongoing series penned by MIchael Cheser, an EKI Ambassador, and WKU film student about his epic Kentucky road trip fueled Spring Break.

Today we got to do a bit more than we had on the entire trip and we found a flushable bathroom at the Gladie Ranger Station. That's a good place to be near because you can go in wash up with warm water and use a clean bathroom. We got up late but still managed to get quite a bit done. We started by going to Chimney Top Rock, we took some cool pictures and then started driving through the Red River Gorge  scoping out some campsites.

 Michael taking pictures. Photo cred: Kelsey Morris

Michael taking pictures. Photo cred: Kelsey Morris

We found one campsite by Swift Camp Creek and then one by East Indian Creek. The one by East Indian Creek was nice and you could back your truck up to the site for easy unload, however the fishing didn't look as great. So we decided our site would be the one on Swift Camp Creek, which I won't tell where because it's our little secret spot now.

 Swift Camp Creek spot aka secret spot.  

Swift Camp Creek spot aka secret spot.  

Among all of this we climbed infamous Indian Staircase trail for the first time and it was probably one of my most scared moments because I am terrified of heights. But we made it to the top and somehow made it back down without falling off the steep cliff, as noted all over the forest with a funny looking stick figure falling signs.

 Look out at the top of Indian Staircase.  

Look out at the top of Indian Staircase.  

We got back to camp and set up only  to realize we didn't have enough wood. Kelsey didn't want to stay alone nor drive alone to get more so we packed up valuable items and our dogs and took off for wood. We made it to a gas station outside the park, grabbed a bunch of wood and went back. When we got back we made hot dogs and more Chipotle Mac and cheese.

 A little light inside of a little tent inside of a big forest. 

A little light inside of a little tent inside of a big forest. 

We ended the cold evening of adventure with some relaxing star trail pictures by the fire which you will get to see once we get home and get them edited together.

Spring Break in KY has been quite a bit of fun with its ups and downs but I must say its better than drinking cheap beer and tequila and passing out on a beach which is what most college kids choose to do.

 Clear sky, bright stars. 

Clear sky, bright stars.