Saturday, April 26, 2014

Saturday Hike in Red River Gorge

While Amy was off working on a sunny Saturday, Matt and the kids made the drive down the Mountain Parkway to Red River Gorge for a few hours out in nature.  We explored the Koomer Ridge area of the gorge.

Hidden Arch

Our kids really do have a lot of fun hiking.  Especially if there are rocks to explore.

Chloe loves to find "rock seats".

Looking back through the arch


AJ and Essie out on a ledge

We love finding holes in the rocks

Climbing twins

We are firm believers that kids need a little daring activity in their lives.  (Within reason, of course.)


Chloe was very photogenic today.

This camera angle makes AJ look 7 feet tall, even though he's not.  (Not yet anyway.)

Dozens of amazing things seen today, but we just can't stop talking about the black snake along the trail.

Under the Silver Mine Arch

Believe it or not, the hike up these 79 stairs was not nearly as easy as the climb down.

This frightening picture has a very interesting story to go with it.  As Chloe was getting a little too close for my comfort, this conversation happened:
Dad: "Chloe, get back from there. I don't want you to fall."
Chloe: "Why?"
AJ: "Because there's not two Chloes. That means you're valuable to the world."

To understand what a big deal that statement by AJ was, you would have to have been with us a few weeks ago when he stated during a movie that it was a good thing that a character died, because they didn't have enough food. Our son is slowly overcoming the harsh realities of his birth culture and beginning to think with compassion and see the value of each individual life. Thank you, Jesus. 

Getting weary, but we still have a smile for the camera.

Heading back to the truck, tired and ready to go home.

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