When the group I sometimes hike with decided to take on a 10-mile hike at Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, I hesitated.
Ten miles is a long hike, and the long climb to the White Rocks and Sand Cave also is listed as strenuous.
I was well aware of this fact.
I had done this hike several times as a much younger woman when I lived on the edge of the park.
I also knew the beauty that lay ahead.
And so, last Saturday, I went with about a dozen other hardy hikers and began the 1,655-foot climb.