Today we're celebrating seven years of marriage! It feels like it was just yesterday that it was our wedding day. I normally post a sappy wedding post reminiscing over all our beautiful photos, but this year I decided to post about our trip to Cumberland Gap we took a couple weekends ago for our anniversary.
Several years ago I wrote a post about 10 places in the US I must see and Cumberland Gap was on the list. I don't know why, but I just think it's so neat to hike the Wilderness Trail like Daniel Boone and the 300,000 pioneers that crossed from Virginia into Kentucky during the late 1700s and early 1800s. The highway that used to run through the pass was taken out about 20 years ago and the trail has been restored and the forest allowed to grow back around it.
About a month ago, Alan told me that he was planning a kids fall fun weekend in Louisville for us but about a week later he told me that the trip was actually a surprise to Cumberland Gap and Cumberland Falls for our anniversary. He knows me too well and knew that I was planning on seeing my friend that moved near Louisville so he had to fess up!
We left our hotel Saturday morning and drove down to the visitor's center on the Kentucky side, parked the car and set off to cross the gap to Virginia. There was another parking lot much closer to the "Saddle of the Gap," (aka center) and pretty much everyone parked there - in fact we were the only ones that hiked from the visitor's center!
After we hiked the gap, we took the trail down into Cumberland Gap, Tennessee and saw an iron furnace along the way. All that is left if a portion of the stack, but cool nonetheless.
We had been hoping to get lunch in Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, but there was only a coffee shop and no food. There was a festival going on that day, but we didn't have cash, so we were going to have to hike back before getting lunch. We decided to head on over to the Virginia visitor's center and then go back into Kentucky.
Unfortunately both of us forgot our water bottles and were dying on the way back. We hiked a total of 8 miles at Cumberland Gap and by the last couple miles I was just powering through to get to the car and to water. We finally got back to the car and decided to grab lunch and then drive up to Pinnacle Overlook.
Originally Alan wanted to hike up there and I talked him out of it. When we started the drive up on the switchbacks, he was like thank you so much for talking me out of this!
At the top you could see Tri-State Peak, where Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee meet, as well as two CSA forts.We only stopped at Fort Lyon because by that point we were both exhausted.
On the way back to our hotel, we stopped at Cumberland Falls, which was beautiful. It is one of two waterfalls in the world that has a predictable moonbow and we happened to be there the weekend that it was happening.
We were there for about an hour or so, but ultimately decided to grab dinner and head back to the hotel. It would've been awesome to see, but we were going to have to wait another couple hours and we were tired and hungry. One of these days I will be back!