Red River Gorgeous!

Trip Start Aug 31, 2010
Trip End Jan 04, 2011

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Lago Linda Hideaway

Flag of United States  , Kentucky
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Even though we loved Cooter's campground, and enjoyed our brief spell of motel luxury, the Lago Linda campground is even better. We're on a really nice spot under pine trees, looking out across a field with an old barn. Linda, the proprietor, comes originally from Liverpool and is currently running for a post in local government - she's quite a character, can talk the hind legs off a donkey.

As we'd hoped, the grades on the climbing routes here are more realistic, but what we hadn't expected is just how wonderful it would be! Typically, the cliffs are overhanging, but mainly with good holds - really fun climbing. Darrell's been particularly pleased to be able to redpoint a couple of 11d routes (about French 7a) and Amanda's been able to get up some 10a routes (about French 6a). An unusual aspect of one of the climbing areas is that there are oil wells dotted around throughout the forest - quite bizarre.

We've got to mention the animal life. On the drive here, we passed a small farm with an amazing collection of animals - miniature goats & donkeys, ponies, llama things, ostrich things, and loads of geese.        Closer to home, a little kitten appeared at the campground on Saturday and has decided to stay. People have been feeding it scraps, and we discovered that it likes baked beans!   Most of the insects try to eat us, but we've had some interesting evening visitors - a stick insect and this katydid.

When we were in West Virginia we thought it was very rural, but compared to eastern Kentucky it was positively cosmopolitan. We're in the heart of the bible belt and there's a lot of poverty around. Churches are every few hundred metres along the road, as are rundown trailer homes with several broken down, rusting cars out front. There's a perfect example of a dilapidated trailer just down the road from the campground that we wanted to take a photo of, but we were too afraid that the inhabitants might come out with a shotgun pointed at us!

Alcohol laws in Kentucky are incomprehensible. In a state that's famous for bourbon, there are some 'dry' counties, ie. they don't sell any alcohol at all, and you can't buy alcohol on a Sunday anywhere. Lago Linda's is in a dry county, but fortunately we're only a few minutes drive away from 'The Beer Trailer' in a nearby wet county.

We've met up with John and Laurie (from San Francisco, but who we met in Kalymnos), so we've enjoyed their company and climbing with them. We're planning to move on from here on Tuesday, heading west for Colorado, via Kansas City, Missouri. But in the meantime, we're just about to go out for pizza at Miguel's, locally famous for great pizza - but will it compare to Pies & Pints in Fayetteville, West Virginia? We'll soon find out!
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Sinnet on

Looks like you've entered a whole different world! The photos are amazing and I love hearing all your news. Can't wait to see what you post next.

Graham on

Loved your latest blogs - especially that Des Res!! Y'all shoore iz in tabakker country! Great pics you have included, even if some are a little terrifying for those of us with acrophobia. You seem to be having a ball and meeting a lot of "pets" - or is it just wildlife? Beware the kentucky Rednecks - have you found any backwood "stills" yet - or local moonshine outlets? Yee ha! I look forward to the next xhapter! Go safe!

Lizzi on

Really enjoying your blogs and all the photos. The pockety climbing looks lovely! Zoe, my first cat in France, ate the leftovers of a chickpea curry when she was a kitten. She appeared to be very puzzled by the explosive farts a while later but she carried on eating my food when she could get it.
Back in a very damp UK, we're being treated to a great folk night on BBC4. James Taylor and Carole King playing recently with as much as possible of the backing bands they had in 1970 just finished and the next slot is Lauden Wainwright III. Of the three, Carole has definitely aged best.
Made me think - if you are missing having a guitar and trying not to spend too much, please buy one and make it a present from us for your next N birthdays.

Mum, Brenda on

Saturday 2nd Oct
Just found your wonderful pics! I arrived home late last evening' It poured with rain almost all the way home from the ferry at Heysham. The crossing from Douglas was not very good! I feit rotten until I had a ginger ale and that settled me. However we had an excellent holiday, It is a beautiful island. We had a courier who lived on the island and knew it inside out.
Your holiday seems to be going so well and you are obviously enjoying yourselves. I was amused to read about the beans-loving cat! We saw some tailless Manx cats. I hadn't realised that a form of Spinabifida caused the lack of the tail and the inbreeding on the island also contributes.

I'm pleased the climbs are more to your liking. They still look horrendous to me!!
You both look so well and happy---Keep it up!
Lots of love to you both.


Lovely to hear your voice again today.Pleased you are having such a lovely time.I was not gallivanting! I was having a cup of tea---it was almost 5 o'clock. I was using my cordless phone and it wouldn't connect.
I was at the theatre last evening to hear Freddy Kempf, the classical pianist. It was a wonderful evening! Any way ,I got your message, thanks.
Lots of love to you both Mum XXXX

Caroline on

Great photos again.

The other day, Graham went to a barber's shop in Buxton which wouldn't look out of place in Kentucky. It's on Market Street - just someone's front room furnished with a barber's chair, a basin, a calor gas heater, a calor gas cylinder, many piles of random junk - and the walls are covered with pictures of Elvis.

Fortunately G. didn't come home with an Elvis haircut, but I don't think he'll be going there again. (Mind you, it only cost threepence ha'penny so....)

Lots of love,
C&G xxxx

Mum on

I saw an excellent production of "West Side Story" on Thursday, performed by the Taunton Operatic Society. They had a wondreful cast of young people--the fights were choreographed so well. Then last evening I was at a concert given by the Taunton Male Voice Choir---very good. I do see life!!! However, my memory let me down Saturday morning--- I forgot to go for my Flu jab1--even though I had the appointment written in my diary and on my calendar! Ther's not much happening this coming week, but I am very busy making Christmas cards. I have a few orders.
Lots of love , Mum XXXX

Lyn on

Why is it your Mum has a better social life than me!
A marvellous selection of photos as ever. You are doing a very good job of making us all very jealous. I hope the cat stays around long enough to show it's reaction to the beans. I iamagine it will find 'trumps' (only called that in houses with small kids) rather unerving. Fraser on the other hand takes after his Dad and finds them hilarious!
Sending hugs x

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