Friday, August 30, 2013

Big South Fork

Trip Log: Aug 28

 Left Cumberland Falls a little after 2 pm headed for Big South Fork. Made Leatherwood Ford in BSF about 4pm. Steep hairpins curves going down to the Big South Fork River crossing and the same back up the other side. Found a great campsite, 34D with no one near. At 7 pm stew is simmering and we have the campground to ourselves. The evening was amazingly quiet. Darkness came slowly. With no clouds or haze or light pollution, the night sky was amazing.
Leatherwood Ford, BSF

Bandy Creek Campground

Bats flying softly
Across open span of sky
Night falls quietly   

Starlight ascending
Rising from the earth twinkling
Firefly mating dance. 

Full darkness reveals
A heavenly host of stars

Trip Log Aug 29

Drove to the west side of BSF to hike Slave Falls Loop. Made the full loop including spurs to slave falls and needle arch. Indian rock house was very impressive. Total distance 4.2-4.5 miles. Too hot. 
Traveled home by way of Jamestown and Crossville.
Slave Falls was just a trickle.

Needle Arch

Indian Rock House was very impressive. Inside, you could here a occasionally feel drips of water.

Drip drippity drip
A cave is formed from eons
Of drippity drips

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