Late Summer in the Red River Gorge

A hike down the Sheltowee Trace from Pinch ‘Em Tight Trailhead to the suspension bridge across the Red River. September saw more rain than usual and the river’s tributaries were decently full for late summer. Chimney Top Creek showed evidence of a recent flood. Intersections with smaller streams had freshly deposited sand and flattened vegetation a foot above the bank.

Of course, when the Red is swollen and calm, folks bring canoes and a desire to jump off the large, south-bank boulder lodged near the suspension bridge. You can’t see these jumpers from the bridge, but you can hear audience cheers and screams of the simultaneous jumpers. The water is not muddy, but silty and deceptively still, like flat, fresh cardboard.

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