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    fun fact

    Middlesboro, Kentucky is the only US town built within a meteor crater.

    Cumberland Gap

    Cumberland Gap NHP

    Last Thursday night after I got back from Atlanta (let’s not talk about the baseball game) I determined that the weather was too bleeping nice not to go camping, so I went camping. Alone.

    I drove up to Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, where Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia meet and where early settlers found an easy way through the mountains and into the bluegrass. I go there late, but being a Thursday night the campground was nowhere near full. I set up my tent, took some night sky photos, and then went to sleep in Virginia. There’s just something about camping, about sleeping in a tent in the woods that makes me happy. I can’t pin it down exactly. I’ll just have to camp more and figure it out.

    Forgive me if this post is brief. The further I get away from the trip, the less inclined I am to write about it.

    Friday morning I drove up to Pinnacle Overlook, which is barely in Virginia, to look down on the gap. The view is panoramic and pretty. The gap sits in a saddle in the line of mountains, the land rolling off to the sides as far as you can see. Two Tennessee towns are visible: Cumberland Gap and Harrogate. To the north you can see Middlesboro, Kentucky. It’s a good view, and very accessible. In a week or so it will be stunning as the leaves change.

    After that, I drove back down to the Thomas Walker parking lot and hiked to Tri-State Peak so I could be in three states at once. Mission accomplished. The hike is short and easy, a little more than 2 miles and not too steep at all. At the top there’s a little shelter, signs for each state, and a USGS benchmark. There I talked to a guy from Cumberland Gap who told me the valley to the north was a meteor crater. This was confirmed later by a ranger at the visitor center. No meteors ruined the perfect Fall weather while I was there, though. I’ll definitely be returning to Cumberland Gap at some point. You should check it out, too.

    Three states at once: Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia meet on Tri-State Peak in Cumberland Gap National Historic Park

    red-tailed hawk fallow deer great horned owl hummingbirds red wolf barred owl

    A couple of weeks ago I took my youth group on our End of Summer Retreat up to Kentucky, the main attraction being Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. At the Woodlands Nature Center, there are native animals on exhibit. All but the red wolf are there because they can’t live in the wild on their own for whatever reason. The wolves are part of a rehabilitation program for the species, since they’re almost all gone.

    The Big South Fork of the Cumberland River

    See all of my photos from this weekend over on flickr.

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