Our second visit presented an unanticipated weather challenge.

Along the way, a retro Arby’s sign. There are two of them around here.

As we were approaching the trailhead for the Cumberland Gap and the Tri-Point (Kentucky, Virginia, Tennessee), a trail we had attempted back in January but were foiled by a downed tree, of course the skies darkened. Sigh.We do have just a little bit of mountain hiking under our belts, and a quick look at the weather showed a 40% “chance” of rain. so the decision was made to hike in until the “chance” of rain began to fall, then hike out.

Remnants of the Gap Cave Iron Furnace. From NPS: “On his historic journey through the gap in 1750, Dr. Thomas Walker made note of a spring coming from a cave. In his journal he noted that “the spring is sufficient to turn a mill.” In 1819, a blast furnace was built on the stream below the cave, now known as Gap Cave. Each day 625 bushels of charcoal (approximately 52 trees), 6 1/4 tons of iron ore, and 1,563 punds of limestone were used to produce approximately 3 tons of iron. The furnace, which was known as Newlee’s Iron Furnace, operated throughout the 1800’s.”

Perhaps an old homestead? We were not certain, and there was no guiding information.

We made it! While chatting with fellow hikers, of course spaced a turkey vulture wingspan apart, the first of the rain drops began to fall. Darn. Our intrepid fellow hikers continued on, but we would not make it to the Tri-Point. But we literally walked in the footprints of Daniel Boone and the over 250.000 pioneers who would soon follow as part of the westward expansion and that would have to be enough for this outing.

Lunch was in the wagon, a sandwich of some sort. While the rain fell, too. Ugh. Can I write that I so very, very, very much miss Hiking & Schnitzeling?  But then the skies cleared and we decided to drive the winding road up to Pinnacle Overlook so that we could at least see Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee.

The walking path to the overlook was gorgeous. Spirits improved.

Spectacular views from the platform.

So, we didn’t quite make it on foot to the Tri-Point, but we did see all three states. The third attempt will be the charm, I am certain of it.