Rusty’s Weekly Recap – 3.14.2017
With my daughter on Spring Break last week, we packed up the RAV4, pointed it south, and headed out on a family road trip. Our first stop was Cumberland Falls State Park near Corbin, KY. We drove all day Friday to cover the 585 miles to reach it, so that we would have all day Saturday to explore. The namesake Cumberland Falls (pictured above) was certainly one of the highlights there - 68 feet tall, 125 feet wide, and almost deafening as you stand near it.
Eagle Falls was another waterfall we hiked to Saturday morning - the way the sun was hitting it created a brilliant rainbow in the mist. This is a 44 foot tall waterfall and spills into the Cumberland River just below Cumberland Falls.
Saturday afternoon we hiked the Moonbow Trail along the banks of the Cumberland River. The high cliff walls gave the trail a palatial feel.
We turned around at Anvil Falls, a tall but barely-there waterfall. All in all we hiked nearly 10 miles on Saturday.
On our way back to the lodge Saturday evening, we stopped at the Gatliff Stone Arch Bridge over the Cumberland River, just upstream from Cumberland Falls. Built in 1954, this bridge is nearly 550 feet long.
Sunday morning I watched the sun rise over the Cumberland River valley from the back porch of the DuPont Lodge at Cumberland Falls State Park, where we had spent 2 relaxing nights. After breakfast, we were on our way to Nashville.
We got into Nashville Sunday afternoon with no real agenda. We spent some time walking around Broadway and when it got a little darker, checked out the city lights from a vantage point on the Korean War Veterans Bridge.
If you like neon signage - Nashville is your kind of town!
Nudie's Honky Tonk on Broadway is named after Nudie Cohn, the famed tailor who created the great rhinestone suits (sometimes referred to as Nudie Suits) worn by everyone from Elvis to Roy Rogers.
Monday morning I took a walk around the riverfront park near our hotel. There were some new sculptures placed there since my last visit 2 years ago. The AT&T building in the background is sometimes referred to as the "Batman Building".
Monday morning commuters were arriving for work via the Music City Star.
Monday evening was next time I broke out the camera. The Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge is a favorite spot of ours when in Nashville. My daughter refers to it as the Ice Cream Bridge, as we always buy ice cream at nearby Mikes Ice Cream Shop and then take it over on the bridge to eat it.
From the foot of the Shelby Bridge, looking towards downtown Nashville, you have a nice view of the Hilton Hotel and the Bridgestone Arena.
My last stop Monday evening was in front of the Country Music Hall of Fame. I wanted to try a few long exposure light trail shots in a unique setting, so the Hall of Fame seemed as good a place as any while in Nashville.
Tuesday morning we set out from Nashville for Cincinnati, Ohio. But first we made a stop at Dinosaur World along Highway 65 near Cave City, KY. We'd driven by this place several times in the past, but decided this trip we would check it out. Aside from dozens of life-sized dinosaur statues there was also a nice dinosaur museum and of course a gift shop.
We got to the Cincinnati area Tuesday evening, but stayed across the Ohio River in Covington, Kentucky.
Wednesday morning I got up early to watch the sunrise over the Roebling Suspension Bridge, designed by John Roebling in 1867 and prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge. You can walk along the sides of this bridge between Cincinnati and Covington, which we did several time while there.
We spent most of the day Wednesday at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Wednesday evening we walked across the Roebling Bridge from our hotel in Covington to the Cincinnati side. Hailee played in the riverside park/playground while I snapped a few shots of the bridge as the sun faded.
Once the sun had set, I shot a few long exposure images from a vantage point facing Paul Brown Stadium (home of the Cincinnati Bengals).
Thursday morning I got up to watch the sunrise from the Covington, KY side of the Ohio River. I found a nice vantage point near a statue of Chief Little Turtle in a riverside park. In the 1790's Chief Little Turtle led a coalition of Miami, Shawnee, and Delaware Indians in battles against the US Army as he tried to protect Indian villages and hunting grounds from the onrush of American settlers. The Indians were finally defeated in 1794 and signed a peace treaty in 1795.
On my walk back to the hotel I took in the view of the Cincinnati skyline for the final time. From there it was a 430 mile drive back to State College, which was thankfully uneventful as we got back mere hours before snow began to fall in central PA.
All in all it was an exceptional road trip, with lots of marvelous new memories made. I hope you've enjoyed looking back on some of them with me.