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So we had planned this trip last weekend, Easter weekend, but unfortunately, I hurt my back, so we postponed it until this weekend, which turned out to be a better weekend, as last weekend was cold and rainy anyway PLUS it was Earth Day :)
(No worries about my back. I don't know what I did, it's just I have scoliosis that has progressed from my lumbar spine to my mid-thoracic spine and sometimes it flares. Usually when I haven't exercised for a few days, or in this case, it most likely means it's time for a new mattress!)
Anyway, we usually go just to get out of the increasingly tree-deprived city and to commune with nature rather than people, but there were a lot of fun people at the main attraction, Natural Bridge, yesterday, which I'll tell you about as we go :)
It's been an unusually cold Spring, here, so most of the trees didn't have leaves and many flowers and flowering trees either already briefly bloomed or had yet to bloom, but still a fun trip :)
First, a little video of the trip up to Natural Bridge via sky lift.
(I say "sky lift" as opposed to "ski lift," because there's no place to ski, and they call it a sky lift :)
We usually hike, but decided since our backs were not cooperating lately, to take the sky lift, which I'd taken down, but not up. At first, I felt very lazy, but it was cool to see from a different angle.
It's super slow, so not very exciting stuff here, but a relaxing ride, and gives you an idea of the kind of stupid stuff that goes through our heads that Mark and I talk about, to entertain ourselves/make each other laugh :)
Also, a little known fact about me is that in addition to being a bird nerd, I also toyed with the idea of becoming a geologist when I was a kid, after finding quartz and fossils at my local creek, thus my discussion with Mark about what the possible ribbon of red coursing through the rock was, being that Mark is also a bit of a geology nerd ;)
My guess was iron?
Also, Red River Gorge is a nationally protected geological park with many different kinds of interesting geological formations, a couple of which I may post pictures of here, so just skip if not your thing ;)
The bridge is just a short trip from the landing, and the first thing you do is walk across the top ...
The bridge is comprised of entirely of sandstone, which makes for interesting swirls of color ...
And of course, everyone takes the obligatory selfie or two along the way ...
(**Mark would like me to preface these pics by letting you all know that these were taken just before I cut his hair today. Also, I would like to add that I'm not wearing any make-up because I knew I'd sweat it all off, so just be forewarned, and try not to be too frightened lol)
Ah, well, overall, though fairly crowded most people behaved themselves, realized other people were also there, and were fun - but there's always at least one, isn't there?
Regardless, after I climbed back up, went back across, we decided to take the Laurel Branch trail to view the bridge from the nearest overlook ...
After spending some time at the overlook and another quick hike, we made the sky lift trip down to the gift shop, to pick up some homemade fudge, some cinnamon and cherry candy sticks, a hand-carved wooden Christmas ornament (which is my thing, to get a tree ornament for whatever I go), and Mark got a Bigfoot sticker, because he finds Bigfoot hilarious :)
I'm a little afraid of heights so the trip down gives me a pause (which is why I used to prefer rock-climbing rather than repelling lol), but it's all good :)
We arrived home just in time to see our neighbor's oldest son step out in a tux with his beautiful prom date on his arm - too cute!
(Also no pics, again, private)
"Ah, love is in the aaaiiiir ... " lol
All in all, a fun Earth Day/Spring Day trip - hope you all are enjoying your Earth Day/Week and Spring, too :)