Thursday, August 14, 2008

Cumberland Gap

We used the final day of our vacation (from our retirement), to explore and learn about the surrounding area.  I must have slept through not only geography but history classes, so much of what I learned was totally new to me.  Happily, the signage at the Cumberland Gap National Park provided a wealth of information.

We drove the maze of roadway in the Cumberland Mountains where you can view Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

The elevation from which this photo was taken is only about 3,800 feet, but appears so much greater.  The view was breathtaking.

I got a kick out of placing one foot in Kentucky and the other in Virginia.  

There are many groomed walking and more challenging hiking paths within the park.  Natural beauty abounds, some that defy nature!  This formation appears ready to topple over at any moment.

The area was occupied on and off by both Union and Confederate troops during the Civil War and was said to be a natural defense post.  Unfortunately, it was also almost impossible to keep supplied and ultimately, both sides decided it was easier to go around the area than try to man it.  Several cannons remain near the top of the mountain and ya gotta in the heck they got them up there?

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