In his Adventures in Kentucky series, Brandon Lokits has taken you from skydiving to rock climbing. This week he heads out on a camping trip but this isn’t just putting up a tent in the back yard, he takes on the park at Big South Fork, in Ky.
“We are here in Big South Fork, just off Blue Heron Trail; we found a little cave; have a little fire going and got our sleeping bags out. It’s actually pretty nice. It’s a really nice night. Great weather even though it’s December. A good night and good fire and tomorrow we’ve got a lot more to do,” I reported upon first arriving and settling down.
Things got chilly that night, but with the help of the fire, we made it through. The next morning the sun came up pretty early.
“It’s about 6:30 a.m. It’s pretty cold out, there’s a thick fog out in the woods. We’ve got a little fire going so we are starting to warm up a little bit but we’re going to get up, make some breakfast once our fire gets really warm and then we’ll start the day,” I said as I prepared for a new day.
After breakfast, we dump the excess gear and begin exploring. Big South Fork has miles of trails to hike. Many trails lead to overlooks. Of everything we see on the trip, the view of the Cumberland River Gorge is the most breathtaking.
After taking in the surroundings we need to find clean water. Clean drinking water is a must when backpacking.
“This is really cool. It’s an instant water boiler. Instead of sitting down and starting up a campfire, you can actually purify your own water. Go to a stream, pick up some water, it does about two cups at a time and you can hook this thing in here, boil the water, kills all the bacteria and everything that is in it,” I reported as I demonstrated.
Now that our water is boiled and clean, it’s safe to drink. With full, fresh water bottles, we continue hiking the trails but after hours of hiking, we are getting tired and still have a long way to go.
Tune in next Monday night, Dec. 25, at 6 p.m. to watch when WBKO’s Brandon Lokits is faced with a race against time.