First of all, that is not a grammar error in the title of this blog. It indeed should say moonbow not rainbow. A moonbow is created by light reflecting off the surface of the moon rather than from the sun like in a rainbow. The place you can observe one is in Cumberland Falls, KY. There are only certain days of the year that the moonbow is observable and those are on the nights there is a bright full moon and no clouds in the sky. On July 3rd there was a full moon and we decided to pack our camping gear and go see if we could spot the moonbow.
If you plan on staying overnight you set up camp in the Daniel Boone National Forest and from there you can either drive or hike a small trail to the falls. We reserved 2 spots early due to it being a holiday week and space was limited. FYI: If you plan on camping and have more than one tent you will need to rent another campsite. As you can see in forth picture, the sites are awfully small. They do have electricity so you can plug in a radio or fan but not much because you only get one outlet per site. The price was $25 per site and you can reserve them online for a $3 fee.
We set up camp around 10:30 pm on Tuesday night. We arrived behind schedule due to the fact I had to work until 6:00 pm that day and we also had to met up with two friends of ours and their daughter that were also coming along, plus we couldn’t find our camping spots, had to stop for gas, ice, food etc. Anyways, we got delayed and had to use headlamps to set up camp. This worked out well because you can’t even witness the bow until dark.
We arrive at the falls area around 11:00 pm, give or take a few minutes, as we walked closer to the falls you could see that there large group of people waiting to see the moonbow. I mean probably about 100 or more people were sitting calmly on rocks around the falls looking up in the sky in hopes for clear weather. I honestly didn’t think that many people would have been there. You have to be careful when going at night due to the fact it is not level ground around the falls and it could be slick. That night there was a bright full moon but there were also a few clouds in the sky and a massive one was covering the moon. We waited calmly for about an hour hoping the wind would blow the cloud away and we would get to see what we came here for but it never happened.
Sad and disappointed we back to our campsites. We cooked a few hotdogs and smores on the camp fire and had a few drinks. We stayed up pretty late into the night just talking and enjoying being in the outdoors. My husband and I (plus Mr. Malachi) slept great in our tent however our friends had some issues, their air mattress went flat and had to sleep on the ground. There were hardly and bugs out and the temperature was prefect, great camping weather.
We woke up early and packed up camp then headed to the falls to see it during the day.
With the sunlight you could see so much more of the falls and how beautiful it is. There are many different places you can view the falls. The picture above is me on the lower viewing deck but the view from the top is also good. You hike along the trails in the park and you can reach the bottom of the falls. This is were you can put it if you want to kayak or float on tubes which you can rent at the entrance to the park. We had a great time and plan on going again once there is a full moon on a day we are off from work. Maybe next time we will be lucky.