My Bluegrass travels
Sometimes you travel hundreds or thousands of miles just to see some of the wonders of the world, cultures, monuments, etc....
But...few of us realize that sometimes it's right there in your state, town or city where you can get some insight as well....
Here are some of our Kentucky Bluegrass travels not far from our own residence. We really enjoy our trips within this beautiful state.
The picture here shows "Natural Bridge" near Lexington, KY.
Natural Bridge State Resort Park is home to the great natural sandstone arch that stands like a sentinel over this mountain hideaway. Located in the midst of the Daniel Boone National Forest, near the Red River Gorge Geological Area, the arch spans 78 feet in length and 65 feet in height. Visitors will find this park a kaleidoscope of spectacular natural beauty with each passing season.
By the way: that's Juan up there, hihihihi!
"Natural Bridge Activities"
Mosey on down to Hoe Down Island where knee-slappin', toe-tappin', and swingin' your partner is a barrel of fun! Located on the lake below the lodge, this island is an open-air dance patio for weekly square dances.
For a relaxing climb to natural bridge, enjoy a ride on the sky lift. The ascent begins one-half mile from the park entrance and ends within 600 feet of Natural Bridge.
Open daily mid-April thru last weekend in October.
The nine hiking trails range from one-half mile to eight-and-one-half miles. Trail maps are available at the Nature Center, located on the ground floor of the Activities Center.
Enjoy the great outdoors in a park campsite. Two campgrounds, Whittleton Campground and Middle Fork Campground, provide 82 sites with utilities. Twelve primitive campsites are also available. Dump stations and two central service buildings with rest rooms and showers are furnished for your convenience.
Mid-March through October 31.
If this sounds fun then check out this:
Tucked between the lake and the cliff beneath Hemlock Lodge is a new pool complex. The complex includes a spacious stone bathhouse, and a zero-depth (one can enter pool without steps) pool that holds 80,000 gallons of water. The main pool has a "river" theme with directional water jets and floor bubblers. Next to the main pool is a new fenced wading pool with floor bubbles and fountain. The watercraft rental dock is a short walk away along a newly landscaped path.
Open seasonally and free to lodge and cottage guests every day. Open to the public Memorial Day through Labor Day when lifeguards are on duty. Admission fee. After mid-August, lifeguards are at the pool Saturday and Sunday only from 11a-6p.
"Natural Bridge/After the hike"
Juan and I really enjoyed the hike up to Natural Bridge.
However when we got there we've opted for the Skylift ride back!! Whew...was a little hot and sticky that day but you just got to do this at least one time. It's amazing. The breathtaking views from Lookout point towards the bridge and the view off the bridge itself will blow you away and you'll become a bluegrass lover....
We will definately do this again...when it gets a little cooler maybe.