Red River Gorge: A Triplet of Trails

We arrived in the Red River Gorge on the evening of July 8, 2020. Finding a remote site within the campground, we set about making camp. Five minutes later, we were hastily flinging our gear willy-nilly back into the hatch of my Subaru Crosstrek. We were under attack and in full retreat. The assaulting army … Continue reading Red River Gorge: A Triplet of Trails

Ms. Becky’s Place: Kentucky Fried Lunch in the Rain

Following our early morning Canal Loop hike and brush with the eighth dimension (read here), we broke camp and headed for eastern Kentucky's Red River Gorge. There was a problem, though; we were hungry and had nothing to eat! Lisa got on her phone to find us some great post-hike chow. I had some very … Continue reading Ms. Becky’s Place: Kentucky Fried Lunch in the Rain

Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area: Stairs in the Woods

Stairs in the woods - apparently this is a thing. We were not familiar with this phenomenon, or urban legend, or rural legend, or whatever you want to call it, but a little Googling turned up a rabbit's warren of strange stories. The original story can allegedly be traced back to a Reddit user who … Continue reading Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area: Stairs in the Woods

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: A Home Where the Buffalo Roam

"Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam,Where the deer and the antelope play,Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,And the skies are not cloudy all day." ~ "A Home on the Range", Vernon Dalhart Technically they're bison; buffalo have never lived in North America. Similarly, no antelope play in the Americas either; what's … Continue reading Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve: A Home Where the Buffalo Roam

Foothill Momma’s BBQ Juke Joint: Smokin’

Their T-shirts proclaim, "Our Butts Are Smokin'," but as far as we're concerned, what they're smokin' is their competition! If there even is any. This place is everything you could want in a post-hike chow spot. After two days and 24 miles on the Appalachian Trail, we wanted quantity, not quality, so when we pulled … Continue reading Foothill Momma’s BBQ Juke Joint: Smokin’

Tinker Cliffs and McAfee Knob: Doubling Down on the Triple Crown (Part 2)

Back from our trip up to McAfee Knob that afternoon, and after a trip to filter water, we set about making dinner. I was having Mountain House Beef Stroganoff with Noodles; Lisa had chosen Chili Mac with Beef. Lisa found it to be "filling and tasty ... and great!" She also used the word "bangin'". … Continue reading Tinker Cliffs and McAfee Knob: Doubling Down on the Triple Crown (Part 2)

Tinker Cliffs and McAfee Knob: Doubling Down on the Triple Crown (Part 1)

Lisa, my wife and editor, is out of town producing an opera. To give her a break from the responsibility of helping me prepare posts for publication, I am digging into the "archives". The following two-part post and associated restaurant review were written 2015 but not previously posted. Enjoy! The southwest view from Tinker Cliffs … Continue reading Tinker Cliffs and McAfee Knob: Doubling Down on the Triple Crown (Part 1)

The Konza Godwin Hill Loop: Little Hike on the Prairie

"Me mind on fire -- Me soul on fire -- Feeling hot hot hot" ~ Hot Hot Hot, Buster Poindexter and his Banshees of Blue It was hot. The mercury was on its way to ninety. We stepped out of the air-conditioned Subaru into a perfectly still Kansas afternoon. The sun blazed down from partly … Continue reading The Konza Godwin Hill Loop: Little Hike on the Prairie

Little Jerusalem Badlands and Monument Rocks: We Thought Kansas was Flat

Kansas is flat, right? To quote my late father-in-law, "It's common knowledge". There are some things you just know ... like, that Kansas is flatter than a pancake. It is, but it is not, in fact, the flattest state in the USA. There are six states that rank more geographically level than the Sunflower State. … Continue reading Little Jerusalem Badlands and Monument Rocks: We Thought Kansas was Flat

Chappy’s Mountain View Bar and Grill: Home of the Slopper

We were on our way to do something that I hadn't done in three and a half months. Even longer for Lisa. Eat out. At a restaurant. The last time I ate at an actual restaurant was my stop at Goblin and the Grocer (read here) after my Indiana Dunes hike (read here). That was … Continue reading Chappy’s Mountain View Bar and Grill: Home of the Slopper