Rain Strikes Red River Gorge

The skies were clear when we set up the tent so we didn’t put the fly on. This is the first night we’ve left it off. So of course at 3 a.m. it rained on us. Suddenly you heard the rest of the campground unzipping tents and lots of surprised gasps from the rain hitting sleeping faces. I hurried and and put the fly on.  Some of the people thought that since they were awake that meant that no one else was trying to go back to sleep so they kept up a full conversation, complete with sound effects and laughing. I had a hard time falling asleep because of it

Glad I put that fly on, though, because as soon as I fell asleep, I was awakened again by a complete downpour. I’m a light sleeper, so I had a hard time sleeping at all from then on.  But at least it drowned out the loud talkers.

There’s a rip in our rainfly from when we used it to make a kitchen shelter in Squamish. When I awoke fully, I realized the fly was touching the netting which means the rain was coming in through the netting on my side.  I looked down and there was a mini-lake near my sleeping bag.  It hadn’t spilled over because we are laying on grass and the floor formed a bucket in that spot.  Lucky for me! I used both hands to scoop the water out- about 15 handfuls of water.  So glad I am on a sleeping pad, too.  The Klymit pad is completely waterproof so I stayed dry. Good thing I’m a light sleeper and noticed all this before the lake spilled over.

We didn’t’ get up until around 11 a.m. when it was just too unbearable in the tent because of the heat.  We decided, since it had rained so hard, that the rock wouldn’t be safe to climb on.  Instead of climbing, we hiked to Natural Bridge nearby.  It’s a pretty hike but muggy. There are good views to the surrounding hills and the hike takes you past some interesting rock forms including, of course, the arch.  You can walk on top of the arch as well as underneath it which I’ve never experienced at any of Utah’s arches. The arch itself sits on rock pillars (natural) and is flat across the top. You can take a lift there instead of hiking, but we wanted to save the $18/each it would have cost for a round trip. If we had it to spare, I would have avoided the hike up and would have taken the lift and hiked back down.

In total, the hike took about 2 hours round trip even though it’s only 2.5 miles.  Lots of climbing!

After finishing the hike, we drove over to the Weber’s house, the couple who own and manage a large portion of the climbing area here. I was hoping to find my climbing shoes since we had checked at Miguel’s and they said no one had turned them in.  No luck there, either, but I left my contact information with them.

We ate pasta at Miguel’s. Mmm. The portion sizes supposedly used to be larger, but its cool; you can add whatever toppings in the pasta that they put on the pizza.  I had artichokes, chicken, feta and kielbasa with mozzarella and marinara.  It came out baked and a little crunchy in just the right places.  I could have used more, but for $6, it’s a pretty sweet deal.  We each grabbed a cold bottle of Ale 8- the local soda that comes in those old-fashioned green soda bottles.  I’m saving a bottle as a souvenir- they’re that sweet.

We’re heading to bed early.  I think we’re gonna try to climb early before the heat sets in and then go to Columbus. Also trying to figure out how to make money with this trip. Lots of ideas but all are things that could come after the fact. We’d like to do something to make this somewhat profitable, or at least sustainable during the trip

Kinda upset at the moment about the nonprofit we’re supporting through this trip. They posted a job position recently, which is exactly what we are doing on this trip. I mean, practically to the T. They didn’t tell us about it and I haven’t heard back from the about inquiries I’ve made about it. Pretty upset. They are offering a couple a job for a year or so to travel around America to climb, do cleanups and promote them. Hey, just like us! Wonder where they got this idea? Oh, and to top it off, they are paying for the position, giving the couple a Jeep to travel in and providing benefits.

Not cool.

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