Cumberland Falls: Blue Bend and Eagle Falls

DSC02062This trip was a repeat of one I did earlier in the year and really enjoyed.  The differences are that this one is during the fall and we started this trek before the sun was up.  Nothing keeps you on your toes like parking beside the bear warnings and then starting your hike still needing your headlamp to see the trail ahead of you.  As we (Eddie Smith and myself) walked over to the trail head from the parking area we noticed a dark figure moving over by our car.  Based on the two previous sentences your probably thinking it was a bear………..it wasn’t.  It was a dog, we watched the dog for a while and then decide to move on with our hike.  Shortly after starting we realize that the dog is following us.  We kept going and the dog stayed right with us the whole way, we checked and there was no tag.

We enjoyed the company all the way to the Sheltowee portion of the blue bend which is my personal favorite for all the rocky areas and ledges to play around on.  We climbed onto a ledge about 12 feet off the ground only to realize that the dog was trying to follow us up the rocks, which eventually led to the dog being stuck about 6 feet up and us having to rescue it. 

As we began the Eagle Falls portion of the trip (us and the dog)  we began to ask if anyone has reported a lost dog since this trail is heavily traveled.  No one knows anyone missing a dog.  We hike down to the falls which was beautiful, then we hop rock to rock to get a picture of the falls from downstream.  The we have climb our way out which my dad informed me was atleast 120 steps to get back to bench which we put to good use,  after a rest we headed back to the car.

Now let me say something about the majority of people you meet while hiking, we ran into a group that informed us that dogs were dropped in that area often and that we should take the dog with us.  They were very nice and hiking with a Jack Russell.  After a rather lengthy period of going back and forth over whether or not to take the dog, dad and I decided to check with the visitor’s center to see if they knew anything about a lost dog.  They didn’t and told us to keep it before the pound got it because they say dogs were dropped out there all the time.  We decide to return to the trail and get the dog but he is nowhere to be found, we give up and head home.

We change our minds and go back to find the dog that kept us company on those trails all afternoon and after another mile of hiking find those extremely nice people with the Jack Russell I mentioned earlier, and with them was the dog.  And like any good story just when things are looking up they turn, or better yet we turned around and the dog was gone.  So here I am whistling for this dog a long with complete strangers who are trying to help me find it.  Eventually after changing their plans to help us those wonderful people find the dog.

But going back to the people you meet while hiking.  These people became a shining example of people will do for others they don’t know on the trail.  The trail is the one thing that gives us common ground and for that reason we treat other hikers with respect and kindness.  So if these people (and they know who I’m talking about) happen to read this, thank you for all of your help.

Not my typical post I know but sometimes things happen that just need to be shared with others.  So if you have any stories or pics to share post them here or email me at jsmith@hikeky.com.  And as always, happy hiking.

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