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Hiking-Pilot Knob

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Over the weekend, we postponed out planned hiking adventure because I wasn't feeling too hot on Saturday. I took a 4 hour nap instead and when I woke, Manfriend and I walked up to the Arboretum, around the loop, and back, for what ended up to be a nice 5 mile walk. It was just what I needed.

Sunday we set out for new territory and chose to explore the Pilot Knob State Nature Preserve which is located not too far from the Natural Bridge area here in Kentucky ( naturepreserves.ky.gov/n

Our plan was to cover every bit of trail on the map for between 5-6 miles of hiking.

We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day! The sun was out, the temp was in the mid 70s with a slight breeze and the humidity was much better than it had been all week. It was very reminiscent of fall. We first struck out toward the Knob. The trail to and from the Knob was rated as "strenuous" and, indeed, it was pretty much straight uphill. In the pic below you can see how we just kept plodding up and up. The red arrow is pointing to Manfriend to show you perspective. Apologies for my big ol' thumb blocking the top of the pic, lol

Before you knew it, we were at the top of the Knob and the view was gorgeous! The brochure for this area says that "this is thought to be the place where Daniel Boone first looked upon the Bluegrass Region in 1769. The view from the summit of this 730-foot-high knob provides an outstanding panorama of three regions of Kentucky: the Bluegrass, the Knobs, and the Cumberland Plateau."

I was told by a man at the top that to the far left was the "Knobs", the middle was the Cumberland Plateau, and the right side was the Bluegrass. It all pretty much looked the same to me. He also pointed out where Richmond, KY was and where I live, Lexington, was off to the right. I did see some shininess of building rooftops in the far distance but there's no way I would have known what I was looking at if he hadn't told me.

Here's another pic, looking toward the Bluegrass area:

This nature preserve had gorgeous sandstone as well as shale everywhere. It was weirdly satisfying to hear and feel the *crunch crunch* of the shale beneath my feet when walking through creek bed. Here is some detail of the stone at the Knob.

Once down from the Knob, we set out on the "very strenuous" rated Sage Point Trail. The rating was accurate. My FitBit registered 126 flights of stairs climbed during this hike! Unfortunately, this trail was poorly marked and we got lost. We've become very experienced at getting lost on unmarked trails this summer! The trail dead-ended on a service road which we followed on a steep graded descent for approximately a mile until we decided to turn back and return to our last known trail marker. It was brutally steep at times but it took far less time than I had expected. I just kept thinking how miserable I would have been doing this hike 3 months ago. I was very impressed with my own fitness progress!

We finished off the hike with the Quarry trail and, after running into and dismantling quite a few spider webs, we made it back to the car very satisfied and well worn out. We did see some huge unfinished millstones but I forgot to take pics.

In the end, FitBit said we hiked 7 miles. It felt like more but, as Manfriend pointed out, we mostly hiked vertical distance, rather than horizontal.

It was a good place and one we will return to.

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    What a beautiful and...oh so long hike! I have hiked the Appalachian trail....little bits...in Virginia. Love it! Hugs, Laurel
    2063 days ago
  • MONAKIN314
    Sounds Awesome!!! Pics are beautiful!
    2063 days ago
  • BEE2LE
    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pictures! I love to hike, but I'm also very good at getting lost:)
    2064 days ago
    Beautiful! I love your NSV of noticing how much your fitness has improved. You're doing so good! Thanks for sharing.
    2064 days ago
    Yah, best exercise ever! I have done that same trail when we rented a house at Natural Bridge and took daily hikes. I really enjoyed it as much as you. Really glad you were well enough to make the trip. It's more than just hiking, in places it's like mountain climbing. The trip can be a real confidence builder and hopefully relationship enhancer. It's really nice to enjoy the Ky scenery. You get fresh air, a new lease on life, feel up close to god and it makes a great work week starter. There are many low cost ways to have a vacation and enjoy the magnificent God created natural scenery.

    Thanks for your comment on my "alone time". I have often enjoyed being alone as I have lots of things I like to do without distraction. I truly believe people who feel alone have an underlying reason they are not comfortable by themselves. For me I have a need to feel love and affection after a day with a lot of grief involving people that are ill or disabled. I often feel emotionally disturbed about the sad things that affect really sweet people. My job involves fixing them and when I can't do it I feel sad. I am less likely to feel this way when my family is home and showing their love for me.

    I am jealous you got to go on the great hike but some time I hope to go back. My husband and daughter always choose sailing at the lake or going to the pool instead of hiking. Have a fantastic week and keep up the great success! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2064 days ago
    How wonderful to have so many places nearby to hike! It is flat as far as the eye can see where I live! Thank you for sharing the pictures and letting me live vicariously through you - lol!
    2064 days ago
  • LORI2562
    So awesome! I wish I had somewhere here near my home to hike like that. Thanks for sharing!

    I did some research today on the FitBit, I was wondering if it would help to motivate me.
    2064 days ago
    Wowwwwwwwwww!!!!!!! Crazy! I would not have kept going after getting lost lol, and you guys did! 126 flights of stairs worth of climbing too?! My legs hurt just thinking about it! WAY TO GO!!!!!!!
    2064 days ago
    SO AWESOME TO BE TAKEN ON YOUR HIKE WITH YOU, MY SWEET! What a lovely trip :-). Thanks for sharing :-))))

    love you!
    2064 days ago
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