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The two RV Gypsies took their grandson
to Cumberland Falls in Corbin, Kentucky
July 7, 2011
Location: Cumberland Falls is 20 miles southwest of Corbin in Southeastern Kentucky and is part of the Daniel Boone National Forest with the falls bordering Whitley and McCreary Counties. Cumberland Falls State Park is on the Cumberland River. The outstanding natural feature is Cumberland Falls, famous for its moonbow.
The two RV Gypsies parked their toad in the parking lot and walked towards the park. But of course Alex had to pause along the way investigate part of the Cumberland River. The two RV Gypsies thought Alex would find a rock to throw in the river, but surprisingly, he did not attempt to do so.
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies heading toward the river
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies heading toward the river
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies by the river
Lee Duquette and Alex at the entry sign to Cumberland Falls
Alex investigated the next section of the Cumberland River
Alex investigating the next section of the Cumberland River
Alex investigating the next section of the Cumberland River
the Cumberland River
the Cumberland River
Alex threw a small stick into the Cumberland River and watched it float away.
Alex throwing a small stick into the Cumberland River.
Alex watching the stick float away
the Cumberland River
the Cumberland River
Before going to see the actual falls, the two RV Gypsies and their grandson took a lunch break. Alex photographed the 4 coca-cola machines, plus the umbrella that was above the picnic table. Great eye, Alex!.
4 coca-cola machines in a row
an umbrella
To see the falls from the first overlook (which is actually the overlook that is closest to the falls), the two RV Gypsies had to climb down a few stairs, and then walk the narrow path under a giant boulder.
stairs and giant boulder by Cumberland Falls
Karen Duquette and her grandson at Cumberland Falls
Karen Duquette and her grandson at Cumberland Falls
Karen Duquette and her grandson at Cumberland Falls
The two RV Gypsies and their grandson at Cumberland Falls
close-up of Cumberland Falls
Known as the "Niagara of the South," the 125-foot wide curtain of water is dramatic day or night. But it's only at night during a full moon that you can see the moonbow, a phenomenon not found anywhere else in the Western Hemisphere. Unfortunately, the two RV Gypsies and their grandson were here a week too early to see the moonbow. This is actually the 2nd failed attempt of the two RV Gypsies to see the moonbow.
Cumberland Falls
Cumberland Falls
Cumberland Falls
As the two RV Gypsies and their grandson continued down the trail, Karen took the opportunity to photograph a different view of Cumberland Falls.
the 125-foot wide
Alex saw a tree leaning on a slight angle and
decided to see if the tree was sturdy or not.
Alex decided to climb up this tree
Aelx pushing on a tree
Alex climbing a tree
Alex climbing a tree
Alex climbing a tree
Alex climbing a tree
Alex climbing a tree
Yet another view of the falls. Remember that it is 125-feet wide.
Cumberland Falls
Two big boulders kissed and formed a short cave that demanded to be investigated.
a small cave
a small cave
a small cave
Lee Duquette in the cave
Alex Jones and his grandfather
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies
Alex Jones and his grandfather, Lee Duquette
Time for Lee and Alex to investigate a lesser used trail. Karen decided not to follow them.
starting on the trail
te thril
While sitting on a boulder below, Karen zoomed in on Lee and Alex in the woods. They both had on black shirts, so they were not easy to photograph from that distance.
Lee and Alex in the woods.
Lee and Alex in the woods.
Lee decided to photograph Karen, who was sitting below.
Lee and Alex in the woods.
Lee taking a photo of Karen
Alex finally emerged from the woods.
Alex emerging from the woods.
Alex emerging from the woods.
Karen took pictures of Lee and Alex in the woods and Lee took Karen's photo while she was photographing him.
Karen Duquette taking pictures of Lee and Alex in the woods.
The two RV Gypsies and Alex reached the beach area below Cumberland Falls
the beach area below Cumberland Falls
the beach area below Cumberland Falls
Alex looking for rocks to skip on the water, as usual.
Alex looking for rocks to throw in the river
Lee Duquette relaxed on the beach area of Cumberland Fall while Karen and Alex looked around the area.
Lee Duquette relaxing at the beach area of Cumberland Falls.
Lee Duquette relaxing at the beach area of Cumberland Falls.
Eventually it was time to leave the beach and head back up the stairs
stairs at Cumberland Falls
big boulders
Once again, Alex decided to try a different way back, but the two RV Gypsies could see him the whole time, because it was just a higher up path.
Alex Jones
the grandson of the two RV Gypsies at Cumberland Falls
not an easy path
Alex pauses
Alex went higher on the trail and when he got to the end of the trail, there was just one big slanted boulder. The two RV Gypsies were on the lower trail at that same point and told him not to slide down the boulder because there was a big drop from the boulder to the ground, so he had to backtrack. Look carefully at the photo below and see Alex on the top and Lee at the bottom - plus the gap between the big boulder and the ground.
Alex says oh no - I  have to turn around
See the distance between Lee and Alex
While waiting for Alex to get back on the trail, Karen noticed water running down a big boulder from the cliff above.
a boulder dripping in water
Karen rested her head on her arms and leaned into the cold water running down the boulder because it was a very hot day.
Karen Duqette enjoying cold water at Cumberland Falls
Karen Duqette enjoying cold water at Cumberland Falls
Eventually, Alex joined his grandmother and decided to take a drink of the water. It was a hot and humid day.
Alex drinking the water
Alex drinking the water
After climbing a few more stairs, Lee noticed that the park had a raft that goes into the river by the falls with a guide that rows the raft, so they decided that would be a fun thing to do. Those photos are on the next page.
continue on to the next adventure of the two RV Gypsies continue on to see the two RV Gypsies and their grandson raft close up to the falls.