Urban’s Ashes - Day 1
I left home at exactly 7 AM and drove to Aiken, SC to pick up Tom, my travel buddy for the trip to Lexington, Kentucky.
Upon arrival at the McDonalds Restaurant, Tom produced a surprise. His 92-year-old father, Urban, passed away last week and his last request was that his ashes be taken back to his home in Wisconsin for interment. Therefore, we are now carrying Urban’s ashes with us; hence, the title for my journal – Urban’s Ashes.
We made great time all the way to the Kentucky border. Then we stopped for a map and got into a conversation with the docent at the welcome center. He suggested that we go over a few miles to see Cumberland Falls, and then I saw a picture on the wall behind him of another waterfall. When I asked, he said it was “a few miles” from Cumberland.
We took his advice and went off route to Cumberland Falls, a nice waterfall with a ¾ mile hike to it from the road. Cumberland Falls is the only waterfall in the Western Hemisphere that has a “moonbow”, a rainbow that shows at night when the moon is full. We could have stayed to see it, had we been inclined to do so, because that night there was a full moon in a cloudless sky. However, we had to move on.
Then we headed for the other waterfall, called Yahoo Falls. It turned out to be about 25 miles from Cumberland in the wrong direction from our destination. In addition, the last few miles were over dirt road.
When we finally reached the trail to Yahoo Falls, after 6 PM, we discovered that it required a hike of 1½ miles out and the same distance back to the parking lot. We took a pass on Yahoo Falls (and cursed the docent for misleading us.)
The drive from Yahoo Falls to our hotel took over two more hours, and we arrived at 9 o’clock. On the way, we passed a Kentucky town called Somerset. There was a classic car show in town, and the people—hundreds of them—were sitting along the road on lawn cars or on the hoods or tailgates of their cars or trucks.
The cars were parading up and down the street along with the regular traffic, so we were surrounded by several of them. It was reminiscent of the Subaru commercial where the couple drives a dirty car into a town and gets to be the first care behind a parade. What a hoot! This went on for about five miles before we broke out of town and could resume speed.
We finally arrived at our hotel in Lexington at 9 o’clock.
Oh well, it was nice scenery along the way…
We found this sign at the bottom of the ¾-mile trail to Cumberland Falls. We could have driven down there in about two minutes instead of walking all that way.
Cumberland Falls is no Niagara, but it does have one feature that no other falls in the Western Hemisphere has—a moonbow.
I hope you can read the sign to learn about the moonbow. I wish we could have stayed to see it, but our hotel was still several hundred miles away.