A Cloudy Day in Tenessee- Caves and Falls… Again

 
Erica and Kim in Cumberland Caverns
Erica and Kim in Cumberland Caverns
We headed out early, knowing we were looking for some good inside activities due to the weather. First stop, we visited Cumberland Caverns and were lucky enough to have a private tour.  Apparently it isn’t too busy this time of year. Erica was a great guide and the caverns were very interesting.  These caverns were created by water and we saw a lot of cool formations on the trip including stalagtites (from the top) and stalagmites (from the bottom). 
 
 
Holy cow, there is a Jeep in this cave!

Holy cow, there is a Jeep in this cave!

 

This cavern is currently being worked on and the maintenance people passed us by in their jeep.  What a ride that would be.  You can also camp in this cavern overnight… How cool is that?  They have adventure tours that include literally crawling through the nooks and crannies in the mud and water.  Not for me but Chris was thinking about it…

 
 A few shots of the formations we encountered…
Stalagtites in Cumberland Caverns

Stalagtites in Cumberland Caverns

More formations in Cumberland Caverns

More formations in Cumberland Caverns

Chris impatiently waiting for a picture
Chris impatiently waiting for a picture.
A chandelier in a cave?????

A chandelier in a cave?????

In the caverns there was a huge room dedicated to parties and group activities.  They have bands, weddings, Christmas parties, etc…  There were picnic tables, a snack room, stage, organ, etc…  The guide turned the lights out and loud classical music started as the chandelier above lighted to the music. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what happens when you have a 10 second timer lots of slippery rocks...

This is what happens when you have a 10 second timer and lots of slippery rocks...

On our ride to Sparta and Crossville, we found Rock Island State Park which had this incredible Twin Falls.  After a short walk over some slippery rocks we found our shot.
This is what we were going for.

This is what we were going for.

Stonehause Winery

Stonehause Winery

Hey Sue,  These are for you.  What better thing to do than stop in at few wineries on a cloudy day?  I wouldn’t move to TN yet…

Cherry Hill Winery

Cherry Hill Winery

5 Responses to “A Cloudy Day in Tenessee- Caves and Falls… Again”

  1. The Mommie Unit says:

    A Cloudy Day in Tenessee- Caves and Falls… Again

    Again!!!!!! What! Don’t tell me your are getting bored of fun. Is it the cloudy day or the caves and falls that “Again” is refering to?

    Just pulling your chain

    Hope you are getting some amazing nature photos.

    Love & Hugs

    Mom

  2. The Nichols says:

    Hi,
    Thanks for the pictures. I love wineries on cloudy days. It brings back really good memories of the “old days” of the finger lakes before it became discovered! These pictures are so great and give me cool ways to teach Julianna and Alicia. Julianna is able to count her time reading your site toward homework reading time. She likes to read and loves the computer. It’s a match made in heaven. The cave with a chandeleir is unbelievable. It is the coolest so far in my opinion. We should start a vote for the coolest Kim and Chris adventure picture.
    Enjoy,
    The Nichols Clan

  3. admin says:

    Hi Mom,

    Love hearing from you and so glad you are following along. We are definitely not complaining!!! It’s all good. We had poor service in TN but are on the move. When we get settled I will give you a buzz.

    All our love,

    Kim and Chris

  4. admin says:

    Hi to the Nichols Family,

    I am so happy to hear the girls are following our journey. Hi Julianna and Alecia:) If you want to do some research, we saw a few different really cool red headed woodpeckers but couldn’t get a good picture. They kept flying away before we got the camera. Maybe you could see what kind live in that part of Tenesse and let us know what we may have saw. They looked like Woody (I know they probably have no idea as he was a cartoon from the adult era). One was grey with a red spot on the back it’s head, and the other was black and white with a red head. Good luck!!!
    If you find a picture of one and email it, we will display your work on the website for all to see:)

    Kim and Chris

  5. Natalie Boburka says:

    Might have been Pileated woodpeckers, they are in deep woods, but there are probably different types in your area, that’s a great idea for research for the kids!

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