Adventuring | Red River Gorge

Adventuring | Red River Gorge - offbeat + inspired

The desire to adventure is something I had to grow into. I wasn’t always excited to spend the day getting dirty and sweaty on steep, muddy trails. I realized my love for adventuring after high school, when I learned that Creation itself was where my deepest inspiration came from. I love being surrounded by the smells and sounds of nature with trails to explore and big, beautiful things to discover. When I’m hiking, I feel like a tiny guest in a meticulously and gloriously designed house, and I want nothing more than to climb, duck, crawl, jump, and run through it. I always have a hard time expressing the sense of wonder that Creation awakens in me. The best way I’ve come up with is to go play in it.

Adventuring | Red River Gorge - offbeat + inspired

The trails at Red River Gorge are carved out so beautifully, they really feel like a complement to the surroundings rather than a disruption. I love that the whole experience is preserved in that way.

Adventuring | Red River Gorge - offbeat + inspired

There are so many curious trails begging to be explored.

Adventuring | Red River Gorge - offbeat + inspired

This time of year, everything is such a vibrant green, we had to stop multiple times just to take it all in. The air is thick with the sweet scents of the trees, the earth, and the rain that frequently passes through in May.

Adventuring | Red River Gorge - offbeat + inspired

We were completely sheltered by the lush treetops. It’s so beautiful how light filters through the leaves and illuminates everything underneath. It makes the forest feel truly magical.

Adventuring | Red River Gorge - offbeat + inspired

The view from Natural Bridge is breathtaking.

Adventuring | Red River Gorge - offbeat + inspired

My mom and I stopped for a picture at the summit. She used to take us hiking all the time when I was growing up. I grumbled about it back then, but I’m so glad she shared her desire to adventure with us. I can totally relate now!

Adventuring | Red River Gorge - offbeat + inspired

This is where I feel the tiniest. It’s in these moments that I’m overwhelmed by how big God is and how precious we must be — to stand on a rock and look out over a sea of green, beautiful beyond anything I could dream up, and to be loved by the Maker of it all!

Adventuring | Red River Gorge - offbeat + inspired

I was really blessed to spend this day with my family. We’ve all been through some rough stuff over the last few years, and we don’t get to see each other often — but hiking and exploring together was truly refreshing and some MUCH needed fun.

Adventuring | Red River Gorge - offbeat + inspired

Dave impressed us all with his superhuman strength as he pried apart this tree so we wouldn’t have to climb over it. Aren’t husbands the best?

Adventuring | Red River Gorge - offbeat + inspired

I’m in love with the rock staircases scattered throughout the trails. I really want to meet the people whose job it was to hack those boulders into steps and give them a massive high five.

Adventuring | Red River Gorge - offbeat + inspired

The wooden staircases are pretty awesome too.

Adventuring | Red River Gorge - offbeat + inspired

Whenever I see whimsically inviting paths like this, I picture myself wandering through Wonderland — moments away from happening upon a Mad Tea Party. I swear I can hear the Merry Unbirthday music playing in the background sometimes. Is that weird?

Adventuring | Red River Gorge - offbeat + inspired

I could probably do a whole post devoted entirely to the beauty of leaves.

Adventuring | Red River Gorge - offbeat + inspired

The descent is my favorite part. We finished our hike just in time for the pizza cravings to set in, then it was off to Miguel’s!

Where do you love to adventure? Do you find inspiration and meaning in the “bigness” of nature? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Comments

  1. Debbie says:

    WOW, The Red River Gorge is absolutely breathtaking Tiffany.
    I bet the Fall colors would be just as beautiful. I need to talk to
    my husband about a future trip there ;)
    Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed it.
    Debbie

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      It’s even more beautiful in person! And yesss, fall there is gorgeous! You should definitely take a trip out if you can. :D

  2. pamela says:

    What hiking loops do you recomend going there this weekend

    • Tiffany | offbeat + inspired says:

      We always do Natural Bridge! It’s BEAUTIFUL! We park at the Hemlock Lodge and take the trailheads behind the building. They have maps at the lodge that you can grab too so you’re sure to loop back down to the same parking lot! Enjoy your hike!! :)

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