What a great surprise it’s been to land in Kentucky for a few nights. So much greener already than North Carolina was – probably because we’re at 650 feet here, and Raccoon Holler was about 3200 feet. Our lawn chairs are parked right on the bubbling river, and the birds are plentiful and loud.
So we hiked off to see the big attraction here at Natural Bridge State Park, but my expectations for spectacular scenery were low. I know it’s wrong to compare Kentucky arches to Arches National Park, but I can’t help myself. Well, slap me upside the head! The limestone arch here is gorgeous, and huge. We hiked under, over, and around it, then away for a better view of the valley. On the way down, we wandered down a trail called Rock Garden – huge mossy boulders beneath old hemlocks. The ferns, mosses and wildflowers were spectacular. Saw my first pink trillium (didn’t even know they existed). So, here’s a photo of another odd trillium I saw last week in Smoky Mountain NP.Water has made beautiful patterns on the limestone rocks. I’m anxious to do more strolling in the woods near home – most of the time my walks with Jezzy are pounding the neighborhood sidewalks or wandering through the nearby park, which is fairly open. It’s not often that we walk in deep woods, and it’s been a great experience.
Moving on again today – crawling toward Michigan. This morning, as our fire alarm was blaring for no apparent reason (and John was outside with Jezzy), I thought that I’m not going to miss the camping life so much. I want/don’t want to go home. But, as I sit here looking out the window at the river and watching everything wake up with the low morning sun, I know that’s not true. John’s thumbing thru the atlas, and I know he’s already thinking about where he wants to wander next, too. Time to pack up and roll on.