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Showing posts with label KENTUCKY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label KENTUCKY. Show all posts

Monday, November 4, 2013

Log Rock at Kingdom Come State Park, Kentucky 10/23/13

Log Rock at Kingdom Come State Park
At an elevation of about 2700 feet,   Kingdom Come State Park is Kentucky's highest state park.  We enjoyed our visit ---especially the little hike to Log Rock.   Log Rock is exactly what it says that it is:  It is a big rock which looks like a huge log.  It is a natural sandstone bridge.  Hope you enjoy seeing some of our pictures from that area.

Trail leading to Log Rock

Can you tell that it was COLD that morning????? The wind would cut one in half!!!

The trail led UNDER that big rock.

George, Patti and Neal BELOW Log Rock

The Fall Colors around us were SO pretty.

Neal and Patti walking ON the big rock.

More pretty Fall Colors!

George took this photo of me under Log Rock

Even though it was cold and cloudy,  the Fall Colors in that area were beautiful.

George is now walking on the HUGE rock.

Looking at Log Rock from above it.  Doesn't it look like a great big log????

Can you see Patti and me--out there wandering around?????  Look at that color around us!

Here is one more photo showing how large Log Rock is! 
Hope you enjoyed seeing our pictures from Log Rock.   Kingdom Come (located not too far from Harlan, Kentucky) is a great state park.  I would love to go back there sometime and do more hiking....

Have a wonderful day!


Monday, October 28, 2013

Visit with Friends in Kentucky

Having Fun at Cove Lake State Park, Tennessee
From October 22-25, 2013,  we visited our good friends,  NEAL and Patti,  at Pine Mountain State Park in Kentucky.  We have met for three Octobers in different places,  just enjoying our time together and also getting Fall photos of the colored leaves.  Three years ago, we met at Maggie Valley, North Carolina (click HERE);  last year, we met at Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio (click HERE); and this year at Pine Mountain State Park.

This year was the first year we have met when the weather didn't want to cooperate. It was cloudy and COLD almost all week... BUT--that didn't stop us from going-going-going, and having a good time!!!!

Today I will share some bits and pieces from our week --but will share much more in more upcoming blogs.  Be sure to click on the photos for enlargements.  The photo above is one George took of me having fun on a swing when we stopped to check out Cove Lake State Park in Tennessee --on our way to Kentucky!!!!

View from our room at Pine Mountain State Park
After we got to Pine Mountain,  we had to check out the view behind our room.... Pretty, isn't it????

Log Rock --at Kingdom Come State Park
The next morning,  we traveled to check out another state park that George and I  had never seen before,  Kingdom Come State Park (Kentucky).  Even though it was cold (very windy) and mostly cloudy---we LOVED this state park.  The Autumn colors were terrific.  This photo of George, Patti and Neal was taken at LOG ROCK at Kingdom Come.  This is a long rock which looks like a huge tree which has partially fallen.  It was NEAT!

Neal, Patti, George, Betsy at Kingdom Come State Park
George put up the tripod at Kingdom Come State Park and took a photo of the four of us...  We all have such a good time together... Can you tell????

Look who is talking to the bear!!!!!
We saw this sweet little cute adorable BEAR in the Visitor Center... You know that "I" had to take time to have a little 'chat' with that bear.... ha ha

Neal and Patti at an overlook at Kingdom Come State Park
We saw some beautiful views from Kingdom Come State Park.  Here's a cute photo of our good friends, Neal and Patti, at one of the overlooks.

Fog in the Valley --taken from the lodge restaurant at Pine Mountain State Park
The next morning,  this was our view from the Pine Mountain State Park Lodge Restaurant.   I love seeing fog in the valley below... We got a similar photo to this one when we visited here in June --but this time,  we enjoyed seeing some Fall Colors also.

The "Tree of Many Colors"
We visited the Cumberland Gap and Middlesboro area looking for some sunshine (we did see SOME, but not much), and more Fall Colors.... I took this neat photo of a "Tree of Many Colors".... Pretty, huh????

Overlook at Pine Mountain State Park
Here is a great photo showing some of the Fall colors from an overlook at Pine Mountain State Park.

Betsy, Patti and Neal at Lookout Point at Pine Mountain State Park
George took this photo of us at Lookout Point at Pine Mountain.   Look at that wicked sky!!!!!!!!  Can I tell you that it was COLDER than COLD standing out there in that stiff wind!!!! Yow!

At the Scenic Obed River near Wartburg, TN
On the way home on Friday (25th),  we stopped to check out the Scenic Obed River along our way.  While George took photos,  guess what I did???????  I SAT and enjoyed the scenery all around me!!!!ha

Us at the Scenic Obed River, Tennessee
While at the Obed River (which as you can tell was VERY low--with not much water), we decided to take a photo of the two of us together... Other than still being cold,  we had a gorgeous day to travel.

Gorgeous Autumn Colors along the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area, Tennessee
After getting up on the Cumberland Plateau and taking the 'short-cut' through the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area,  we found the Fall Colors to be much, much prettier (at the higher elevation).  I put this photo on Facebook --so wanted to share it with you too.

Along our rocky road in the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area
George took this photo --and I loved seeing the blue skies and all of the different Autumn colors.  Isn't it just marvelous?

Beautiful Fall Colors on the Cumberland Plateau, Tennessee--on 10/25/13
I am constantly looking up at the blue-blue sky and seeing so much interesting color in the tops of the trees.  I love this one!

Praise God for all of the Beauty we Enjoy!
AND---just as we got almost home on the 25th,  we noticed these beautiful red trees near the Lutheran Church in Fairfield Glade.  I managed to get a fantastic photo showing a red tree and the church steeple.   What a fabulous 'welcome home' for us!!!!!

Stay tuned for more photos from this great trip... Hope you had a good week.  IF I missed anything important on your blog,  please tell me.. I 'tried' to read blogs --but didn't have much time during the week.

Be sure and check out Neal's blog (click HERE).   Neal and Patti have been traveling through the years --so he always features GREAT photography from his trips.

Have a fantastic Monday!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Two Kentucky Hikes-June, 2013

Today,  I'll divide this post into two parts... These are two interesting hikes that George and I took when we were at Pine Mountain State Resort Park  in Kentucky on June  19 and 20, 2013 (on our Anniversary Trip). 

The first hike was on June 19 to visit the IRON FURNACE in Cumberland Gap,  Tennessee.   We had seen the Iron Furnace before --but this time,  we wanted to see  Gap Creek as it flowed loudly down the mountain... (Click HERE to see Gap Creek when we hiked on another trail higher up in the mountain.)

In 1819,  a 30-foot high blast furnace was built at  Newlee Iron Furnace to produce IRON which was shipped down the Powell River to factories in Chattanooga.  To produce one ton of iron,  the furnace required an exact recipe of 200 bushels of charcoal,  2 tons of iron ore,  and 500 pounds of limestone---all of which would be lit and joined inside the furnace.  The daily product produced here was 3.25 tons at a cost of $19.40 per ton in 1877 figures!!!!

Only remains are left of the Iron Furnace,  which was in operation from about 1820 until 1880 (except during the Civil War years).   The photo above is of the remains of the Iron Furnace.  The furnace was built of sandstone with a liner of firebrick. (Click on all of the photos for enlargements.)

This  is Gap Creek ---flowing down that mountain...

I took this picture of George while we were admiring Gap Creek...

George took this special 'water' photo of Gap Creek.  Isn't that a great photo?

While George took his special pictures,  I sat and enjoyed hearing the roaring cascade as it flowed down the mountain.

The second hike we took was to CHAINED ROCK above Pineville,  Kentucky,  on June 20, 2013.  There is a HUGE rock on top of the mountain right ABOVE the little town of Pineville,  Kentucky...  As the legend goes,  the town's children were told that the rock would not come down on them since it had been 'chained'....

In 1932,  a local town committee decided to 'really' chain the rock, and chain it big enough so that people could see the chain from the ground below.  SO--with much difficulty,  a battery of more than 50 men alongside a team of mules  heaved that huge chain up the mountain...

On June 24, 1933,  the job was accomplished---and they 'secured' the rock... BUT--more significantly,  they made themselves a first-rate tourist attraction.  People came from near and far to see that huge chain and rock.

Today,  the chain (101 feet long and spanning a 75' gap) still hangs over Pineville.   The chain reportedly weighs more than a ton!!!!!  Visitors continually ask the question:  "Is there any danger that the rock 'could' fall on Pineville?"   The answer is NO.  The 'rock' itself is no more than a jutting mass of bedrock that is part and parcel of the rest of the cliff face.   It's not a loose boulder at all... BUT---it's fun to visit here ---and learn about this 'legend'.

Above is a photo of the big rock ---and the chain.... That rock really is on the edge of the mountain looking down into Pineville...

Here's  another photo looking at the chain in the other direction.

We walked over lots of big rocks to get to Chained Rock.  It was a little tricky in spots--but worth the hike!

Here is the SIGN posted at Chained Rock.   You'll need to enlarge this one in order to read it.

This is a picture from Chained Rock --looking down at the town of Pineville.

And here is a photo taken the next day (June 21) from downtown Pineville ---looking back up at Chained Rock on that mountain.  This is taken with my long lens.

Back up on the mountain,  here is another view of the surrounding area from up there.

While on our hike to the Chained Rock,  I noticed this weird tree --with its roots growing out of the rocks...  Amazing!!!!   AND if you have a good imagination,  see if you can see someone sitting there!!!!!  You can see the legs, feet,  and arms!!!!!!   See it?????????

Finally,   here is a neat photo showing the sky and clouds that day.. It was a terrific day to be out hiking!!!!

Hope you enjoyed going hiking with us today!!!!!  Both the Iron Furnace and Chained Rock were interesting places to visit... Isn't it amazing how many terrific places one can see when getting out in the world!!!!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.  See you Monday.