Friday, May 29, 2015
Highway US 25 from Corbin Kentucky, leads to the scenic and beautiful Cumberland Falls.
My first trip to the falls took place in the 1940's.
Uncle Grover Brock took our family and some of our neighbors, in his 1936 Chevrolet farm truck.
Grover had recently built racks on the back of his truck to transport stock.
In todays standards, Grover 's driving skills probably wouldn't have qualified him for a drivers license .
Hauling that many people in the back of a pick-up truck un-secured; definitely would be a no, no, in todays world.
Some people said, Grover was perhaps the only driver they knew , that could drive and rabbit hunt at the same time.
And from what I remember of his driving I'd probably have to say they were pretty close to being right.
I said a little prayer for Grover in case the brakes might fail or something should go wrong as we descended the steep grade to the falls .
Gearing the motor down and using the brakes that squealed a lot, Grover made it into the parking lot O.K.
From there we could see the ferry taking a couple of cars across the river to the other side .
Always wished we could have gone across on the ferry.
The thundering waters rushing over the rims 65 feet drop to the water below, drew our attention.
And we hastened to check it out.
Spending the day at the falls and the park was a special treat for our family and our neighbors.
Some years later I learned Cumberland Falls is one of only two places in the world ,where a moon bow can actually be seen at night when the full moon is shinning.
Course we didn't get to stay and see that on our trip, but later when I was older I did get to go back and see the marvelous view
If you've never been to Cumberland falls, its a place you may want to put on your list of places to visit.
The park and facilities have changed somewhat over the years, but the falls is still the same.
And you might want to check out the moon bow while you are there also.
Sorry Grover isn't around anymore to take you, but I know he would be willing to, if he were.
THE FAMILY OF T. COLEMAN DUPONT, NATIVE TO KENTUCKY, PURCHASED THE FALLS AND GAVE IT TO THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY IN 1930.
Until next time, God Bless.