We loved the 2-hour drive from Lexington to Cumberland Falls State Park in Corbin, Kentucky. We drove through mountain after mountain and saw the Smoky Mountain in the background as we drove towards the Kentucky-Tennessee border. David and I love mountains, so that was quite a thrill. Jacob seemed most thrilled about seeing the motorcyclists on the highway. We saw so many groups of motorcyclists on our trips to Louisville Zoo and to Cumberland Falls. The motorcyclists were all decked out in impressive shiny Harley-Davidsons and bold black leather garments. We are such boring travelers while driving next to them. Some of them waved to us as we passed.
When we finally arrived at Corbin, there was a long and super winding drive into the State Park. We drove among such tall, elegant trees! We passed by Daniel Boone National Forest and I made a mental note to visit there in the fall to see the colorful autumn foliage there. We parked at the same level as the river and had to walk a way to get to the several look-out areas to observe the waterfall. At the closest look-out, we got sprinkled with cool mist and heard the loud water falling and beating onto the limestone river bed. James at first sat in the stroller but later got down and socialized with passers-by. He seemed more excited about the people and the rocks he collected than the falls.
Jacob had fun at the Mining Company “mining” for fossils. We paid 10 dollars for a bag of dirt which Jacob sifted through the running water to find fossils. He found all sorts of fossil from ancient shark teeth to gleaming amber, from petrified wood to ancient sea shells of many kinds. He was a happy scientist!
Later we drove to the Lodge and went on a short hike on a trail near there. Just like their parents, Jacob and James loved hiking in the woods.