On a rare Saturday where there was no soccer, Amy didn't have to work, and it was sunny and upper 60's, we decided to go down to Red River Gorge for some hiking. Our goal for the day was to climb Indian Staircase, an "unofficial" route that is definitely one of the cooler spots in the gorge.
Chloe & AJ fueling up at Sam's Hot Dog Stand
A little family photo at the Bison Way trailhead
Essie says she is "Queen of the Stump"
Matt & AJ
We were pleased to have Aunt Buffy, who was camping in the gorge this weekend, join us on our hike.
We can't pass a fallen log without making it a balance beam.
Climbing up over the rocks to get to the base of the Indian Staircase
Almost to the base of the staircase, trying out our rock climbing skills
A little Mom-and-Son selfie
Family picture at the base of Indian Staircase
Chloe and Essie
The girls LOVE climbing on rocks.
Dad gives Chloe a hand to get up on the staircase.
The "staircase" is actually a series of impressions worn into the rocks. Legend has it that the steps were made by Indian hunters over 200 years ago.
Chloe is on her way.
Essie's turn next
Making their way up the staircase
And here come Mom and Dad, bringing up the rear.
Chloe wasn't sure she was going to make it.
But with a little encouragement, she did.
A great view from the top
Exploring the Council Chamber Rock Shelter
Under the rock shelter
View back across the canyon of the Indian Staircase
A little more zoomed-in view of Indian Staircase. Yep, we climbed up that slope.
Taking a break at Indian Arch
Family photo at Indian Arch
Have we got some crazy kids.
Chloe and Essie
How to get up on top of the arch? Why not just climb a tree. This kid is ridiculous.
And he made it.
The girls really enjoyed playing under Adena Arch.
One more family photo
And oh, what great views
Heading back down the mountain - a very fun day in the woods.