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.
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.
There are so many curious trails begging to be explored.
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.
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.
The view from Natural Bridge is breathtaking.
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!
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!
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.
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?
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.
The wooden staircases are pretty awesome too.
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?
I could probably do a whole post devoted entirely to the beauty of leaves.
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!