Friday afternoon both my girls went to spend the weekend with their grandparents. The house was strangely quiet with only one child in it. We rented Oculus. We were confused. We give it a "meh" rating.
Saturday morning I sat drinking my coffee and I said to myself...
"Self, we don't get out of the house enough. We should do something today because we have only one child to forcibly remove from his cozy bed and make spend time with us. Let's explore Kentucky on a little road trip."
No one else was really on board with this idea. My son didn't want to get out of bed and told me that instead of pretending we were a family with one kid, "go pretend you are a family with no kids." Got to love teenagers, right? The husband was very serious about not driving 3 or 4 hours, but I convinced him. And by "convince" I mean, I didn't tell him. Away we went to view the beauty of Kentucky via the Appalachian region and the Natural Bridge State Park.
The shortest (supposedly easiest) route to the bridge was stated as being only a half mile long on the sign at the trailhead, but several other places said it was 3/4 of a mile. Longest half mile hike I have ever taken (probably closer to that 3/4 mile mark). Thank goodness there are several small little huts with benches along the way. I would never have made it to the top without several breaks.
There was a tiny staircase carved out of the rock (just out of the shot in the panorama photo). The husband and son decided they were going to continue climbing. I decided to let them do that all by themselves. The prospect of climbing up anything else was not on the menu. Then this...
I wish I would have made a photo sphere while I was there, but new phone. I haven't downloaded the Google Camera yet. *kicks self in ass* Instead I did a full 360 degree panorama. It looks a bit strange so I cropped it a couple of times to split it up.
After a quick stop for gas and snacks, the Nada Tunnel, a one-lane, 900 ft. long tunnel that is 12 ft. wide and 13 ft. high.
I feel like we barely scratched the surface. For a spur of the moment idea, I think it actually went well. My husband and I both agreed that we need to return. With more planning and a hotel room.