Daniel Boone and Colonel Harlan Sanders

Very near the tri-point of Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky is The Cumberland Gap National Park. Our plan had been to literally walk in the footsteps of Daniel Boone, who along with other frontiersmen made this path to the western frontiers of “Kaintuck” and Virginia accessible to settlers. Alas, a felled tree across the road to the trailhead foiled our plans.  Instead, we hiked another trail up to a ridgeline and back down again, and had to make do with a peek of the gap. The skies were blue and the sun was shining, though, so nothing to complain about.

A shadow selfie!

Beautiful Star Moss (Tortula roralis)

The Cumberland Gap, named for Prince William, Duke of Cumberland. He was George II’s son.

A little further north into Kentucky was our next stop, The Birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken!  In the little town of Corbin sits the very first KFC, opened by Colonel Harlan Sanders in 1932. His success in selling his seasoning and recipe to other American restaurants pioneered the world’s largest commercial food selling system.  Inside the restaurant is a little museum, along with the original kitchen and other memorabilia; the locals eating there paid no mind to those of with cameras.

An extremely rare 100 pound barrel of the Colonel’s secret spice recipe.

kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!’  Kentucky for Christmas! was a marketing campaign to introduce western Christmas into Japan in 1974. It remains wildly popular, with some KFC’s in Japan even requiring reservations! Can you guess what we brought home for dinner?

On a funny aside, at the KFC Cafe and Museum we had to take turns visiting, as CTF was with us. While Anna Grace and I were inside Tony was sitting on the way back enjoying the delightful weather, when along pulled up a couple of guys in a pickup truck, cautiously asking if he (Tony) knew about “some free WWE tickets” being given away in the parking lot.

Because Tony totally looks like a WWE ticket scalper.