An arctic blast had settled over region and we decided to head South for the weekend. We settled on Corbin and contacted relatives from North Carolina (in the midst of their own frigid snowstorm) who agreed to drive up for an impromptu family reunion. It wouldn’t be much warmer in Corbin but when the temperature is hovering around 0, 20 degrees above sounds almost tropical.
My wife had an ulterior motive, she had always wanted to observe a moon-bow at Cumberland Falls. The moon would not be completely full, but close enough that if the sky was clear enough, a moon-bow was certainly possible.
Do to unforeseen events, we didn’t arrive at our hotel in Corbin until after 7:00 p.m. By the time we had supper, and caught up with our cousins it was after 9:30 and everyone was spent from the day traveling. We opted to postpone the viewing until the following night.
The following day we spent joc-u-loting (our cousins word for antique shopping) and left for the park around 2:00 p.m. with the intention of getting in some hiking prior to the evening event.
The falls has been a favorite getaway of mine since I was little. In fact the very first vacation I can recall was my folks taking me there back in 1968. Since then, I’ve been back numerous times.
We stopped at the lodge to view some of the Christmas decorations my wife had been told about and to use the facilities prior to heading out for our hike. While we didn’t stay there, the overall appearance of the public areas was favorable. They were clean and well kept. The bathrooms, while clean and well stocked, were showing their age and in need of some renovating.
Once we reached the falls, several of the access areas were closed off due to the installation of the new viewing areas. Another closed as it had iced up from the cold. Years ago, it was easy not only walk right up to the falls, but actually go behind them which I did on numerous occasions. That is no longer permitted.
The trash has certainly increased over the years especially plastic bottles. The main areas of the park, were relatively clean, but below the falls was a different story. I spoke to a park employee regarding the issue. In his response you could hear the exasperation in his voice regarding the constant cleanup from the frequent flooding which washes the trash downstream where it’s trapped near the falls. Regardless, the falls are still an impressive sight.
Any day at the park should include a hike back to Eagle falls. It’s a short, but rugged hike with splendid views of the main falls along the way. The arctic blast had other ideas and this was my first trip without hiking back to Eagle Falls. The temperature drop and windy conditions was too much for several members of the reunion.
Even though the sun was setting, the sky had become overcast with no sign of the already risen moon. The spectacle of seeing the moonbow had eluded us for this trip.
We said our goodbyes in the parking lot and headed out for the 3 hour drive back home knowing that we would soon return for some wonderful hiking and sightseeing.