Our first day in red river gorge, we set up our tent and went to check out the natural bridge trail.
We made it to the bridge but quickly turned around because well, it was 5pm during winter. We ended up walking through the last .5miles in the dark.
We went back to the campsite and started a fire. We ate dinner and then saw rain in the forecast so we quickly packed everything back up into the car and got into the tent.
10 minutes later and it was down pouring. It rained so hard for about 9 hours. Our -20 degree sleeping bags did a good job keeping us warm and our rain fly stood up to nonstop pouring rain for about 6 hours before the rain started to leak through to the tent. The tent fly survived the last 3 hours of downpour and we successfully stayed dry.
Our next morning was a slow start for us. The rain didn’t stop until around 9:30am and then it was just very cold and wet outside... but our sleeping bags were warm.
We didn’t start to pack up until around 11. Everything was soaked, we had a hard time making fire for morning bone broth and coffee, and again- cold.
When we got it together we went to the Daniel Boone coffee shop. A staple of RRG.
We went to a gas station for a breakfast sandwich.
And we headed back to the natural bridge. Mostly because every other trail we had planned on going on was too long for the short winter daylight hours left, or they were flooded from the rain from the night before.
We hiked a huge loop around the natural bridge trail, had a great time, ate Miguel’s pizza- another staple, and headed home.