Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Part 3: Gap Cave

I will learn to use my camera to properly take pictures in low light. I promise it’ll happen someday, really. But unfortunately this is yet another cave I’ve been in where I can’t… Continue reading

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Part 2: Hensley Settlement

I really loved Cumberland Gap National Park: the views were stunning, the hikes were scenic, the trails were empty, and the caves were great, but if I had to pick only one thing… Continue reading

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Part 1: Pinnacle Mountain and Hiking the Object Lesson Road to Tri-State Peak

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is a lesser-known holding of the park service that features the pass in the Appalachian Mountain chain used by Native Americans, migrating buffalo and deer, Civil War soldiers,… Continue reading

Swimming in Lake Laurel River

With plans to meet friends in two weeks on the North Carolina coast I had to start doing a little planning since there were a few places I wanted to see between there… Continue reading

Kentucky Meat Shower

As I was finishing up my exploration of Cave Run Lake I started browsing my atlas and noticed something marked Olympia Springs. Thinking of hot springs and relaxing in bubbling water I headed… Continue reading

Wandering Around Cave Run Lake, Kentucky

The next day I had planned on doing some hikes in the Cave Run Lake area of the Daniel Boone National Forest but, as frequently happens when I attempt to plan activities, I… Continue reading

Whitlteton Branch Trail, Daniel Boone National Forest and the Nada Tunnel

After lunch I ventured over to another trailhead at the edge of the park. Technically within the national forest, the Whittleton Branch Trail is a section of the Sheltowee Trace which meant it… Continue reading

Natural Bridge State Park, Kentucky

Also located in the Red River Gorge is Natural Bridge State Park, home to one of the largest and widest natural arches in eastern Kentucky. I absolutely loved hiking here. I started on… Continue reading

Auxier Ridge Loop Trail and Double Arch, Daniel Boone National Forest

After the thunderstorms of the previous day blew over I headed back into the Daniel Boone National Forest to hike the Auxier Ridge Loop, which connects the 2.1 mile ridge walk with the… Continue reading

Keeneland Racetrack. (Or, This One’s For You, Mancini)

The next few trails I wanted to hike were in the Red River Gorge of the Daniel Boone National Forest, upstate of the Big South Fork Recreation Area. I had driven north and… Continue reading