Wednesday, August 31, 2016

KY-Cumberland Falls

a quick wrap up of the past couple days my sis and I went our separate ways she is home fine and the dogs and Mom are happy to have her back...I snapped these shots at Fall Creek Falls during my last bit of time there...

fall creek falls lake @ sunset

wood duck in low light 

cedar waxwing

American robin

Lake after sundown

On the way out that morning I stopped and had breakfast by the lake 

Mom and babe roadside in FCF SP

Welcome to KY. 

Then it was time to head north and for me it was Kentucky.  KY is a beautiful state of rolling farm land and green pastures and more rugged areas in the Cumberland Mountain areas...the likes of Daniel Boone and other frontiersmen helped to settle this region.  

Funny how much of our waterways the Dupont family has owned and then donated to the state I know there is still chemical clean up they have to do in the Dupont Forest in NC..
The donator T Coleman Dupont n family 1932

Gatliff Bridge

this is located in the Daniel Boone NF Here is a  Google Map Screen shot from the air, You can see the trail and the horseshoe shaped falls 

Visitors Center

I stayed in the CG its small but Okay has laundry, showers, electric and water at the was hot so I used both my fans!  We didn't visit this lodge or restaurant  we were here to see the falls!  It looks like I didn't take a photo there was like 10 sites, just on a gravel pad with only 4 x 4 on the ground separating the sites, and basically its for tent camping.  

Once we got our site we went exploring...

and other life happening by this river...

and the beautiful landscape it has created...

Lead the way my little explorer..

Along the Eagle Falls Trail 

the falls is a horseshoe falls 68 ft high and has a spry that gives it the nick name the Niagara of the South!

There is also a moonbeam on the full moon and the area is open till midnight I would enjoy seeing that but no full moon the night I was there...

When the wind catches this spray you think its raining!! 

and not just moonbeams look at this awesome rainbow!!

Casey and I went exploring in the morning after we left our site I wanted to get some photos in the sunlight and it was perfect.

My little buddy needed a drink 

I spent 2 days in KY more on that in my next post.
I had full bars of service in the campground yahoo..

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Monday, August 29, 2016


My Sis and I have had so much fun!! Just being together is enough but to get to do something we both really enjoy doing is the icing on the cake.   I've mentioned before how we do volunteer photos for Find a Grave the website that has keeps records of where people are buried..So my sis researched where a number of photo requests were awaiting fulfillment and she found one in Spencer, TN! Just so happens to be the town where I was birthed..we stopped at 3 cemeteries to be exact...passed this lovely old almost gone barn, oh I'd love to have this wood!

this is the cemetery where we spent most of the day Spencer Town Cemetery.  It was humid and hot!  But we managed with plenty of water to FIND and photograph 40 headstone photos that had been now family that lives far away can see the headstone of their loved ones!!

Here is my Big Sis...she is 5 yrs my senior, she is getting organized to start hinting up these tombstones!  Thats her Jeep since Im heading north and she is heading back to SC we came in separate cars..Casey is in the back chilling in the shade while we go tombstoning!

My sis is very meticulous she had 5 sheets of names to hunt for we used the binoculars to scan the cemetery which helps save some time, but in the end its all leg work.  We found all but 5 of the ones requested...

My job was to help look and snap the photos as she left the chip out of her camera by accident!

We stopped for lunch halfway through, joined Casey in the shade gave him a walk about then back at 
it! Mission accomplished she is uploading to Find a Grave as I type this. 

then we left there and hit the last was pretty old...we had  8 tombstones to find and photo...we found all 8 and it began to rain on us right as we headed back to the car! 

on the way back saw another interesting barn....this one with a Quilt Block! I must create a block for my shed once it gets refurbished! 

this pattern reminds me of a windmill. 

One headstone was very important to me...this was ther  lady Dr and she is the DR who brought me into the world, Rest In Peace Dr. Rhinehart and thanks for the delivery!! 

Monday Sis heads back to SC and I am heading in the direction of Kentucky! I might 
'aught peel the Anti-Trump sticker off my bumper but I think I'll just grin and keep on making tracks!
Wish me luck! I sure am going to miss my sis it was the most fantastic 3 days!!

YUM YUM what is a road trip without Boiled P-Nuts?

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Fall Creek Falls SP, TN

Friday we left as planned, zoomed up to TN, it was nice to see a different landscape as we drove the ribbon of highway wove it's way through solid rock!

We are staying at the Falls Creek Falls Inn, this park was established in 1944...the Inn is old and could use a make over but the food is good and the room has cool AC! And it's Casey Approved!

it sits by the lake and they could do some tree it seems the trees are blocking the lake view...

the lodge from across the lake 

The lodge, 

here is the Fishermen's cabins we hope to rent one at some point and spend a week!

the water level is sooo low a hot dry summer has left the entire east with low water levels, we had a wet spring but then it just stopped and got dreadfully the big falls was barely a trickle...still an amazing fall off the cliff @ 256 ft!


And this is a shot I took of the falls back before digital so this is a copy of that print, when the falls was running FULL Throttle. Probably in 1990's

What a difference rain makes...

We drove along the Gulf as it's called here, a deep gorge.... and then we took a short hike to the Piney Falls overlook, can you spot it on the left...the gorge here is can obtain a back-country permit and camp in the Gorge. 

On our short hike, we passed this Mortar probably Indian, as the Cherokee Tribe once lived in these rugged Cumberland Mountain Range...

Cane Creek Cascades Falls 40 ft

cane creek gorge

cane creek downstream

We both walked over the swinging bridge that used to scare us when we were we waltz over after all life has tossed upon us we feel invincible! Here is my sis on her trip over..

The bridge over cane creek 

Piney Falls 95 ft 

Near the overlook for the Big FCFalls is a point called Rocky point. It's one of my favorite views in the park...

Rocky Point

Part of the reason we are here was our Yearly Family Cemetery Decorations everyone brings a covered dish and its like a reunion as well where we commune with our passed loved ones! It was an excellent turn out!  We made up nearly $1,500 when we passed the hat around!! It was nice to catch up with our cousins and others we haven't seen in forever!

So this was Friday and Saturday's events and Sunday We went Cemetery-ing!! That will be next!

Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.