Waterfalls

Oct. 6, 2019

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A weekend that changes. Instead of elk, we ended up in Boone again, since I hadn’t planned anything, we searched for a waterfall I had not been to, this is Laurel Creek Falls (I think) but we rock hopped up the creek for a long ways looking for more. Either way this is an awesome swimming hole.

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A corn dog and loaded fries with a gose beer at The Cardinal in Boone! Yum!!!

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No sunset tonight, only fog!

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July 25, 2019

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Today started with a hike to Devils Bathtub. This hike requires at least 11 creek crossings and had been on my to do list for years.

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Most pictures of Devils Bathtub show this turquoise pool, but it is a great swimming hole just 100 yards from the actual “bathtub”

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The “bathtub” is a 3 foot wide by 9+ feet deep pool at the base of a small waterfall.

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I tried to touch the bottom… it’s deep!

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The next stop, Stony Creek Waterfall

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This one is awesome, you can swim behind the falls!

My cooking success tonight – I melted Hersey Miniatures in a double boiler and poured over cheesecake and strawberries!

July 24, 2019

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Another day in the Jefferson National Forest and the Falls of Dismal

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We had the place to ourselves, we hiked up the creek, explored the rocks and I swam around to see if I could jump from the top (I couldn’t) This is a great spot on a warm day to swim and picnic!

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The afternoon was spent packing up camp to move further west, getting stuck behind an accident and waiting for Lifeflight (which circled and left) setting up a new camp, and visiting High Knob Lookout Tower for the sunset.

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Love

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I always tell my students, when photographing a sunrise or sunset, turn around and photograph what is being illuminated by the light!

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July 23, 2019

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Good morning from Jefferson National Forest, a rainy and foggy morning!

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The whole site! 2 Tacomas, a tear drop, Flippac and Sam’s tent.

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A cool log on the way to Cascades Falls.

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Fungi

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Cascades Falls

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the 4 wheel drive trail to Butt Mountain

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The fire tower was on top Butt Mountain, but you couldn’t climb to the cab.

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On the way down, we took a different trail and James slid into a hole,

on Butt Mountain : )

luckily Maxtrax worked again… no damage! (other than a mud flap)

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Keto Taco Tuesday. Chicken on bell peppers, cheese and sour cream.

 

June 22, 2019

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I was up early but couldn’t run since the trail into the camp spot was under water from last night’s storm, good thing there is a waterfall to photograph. This is teh top of Wolf Creek Falls.

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Just trying different angles

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Sadly I chose to only bring my mirrorless Panasonic and couldn’t get the wide angle I wanted

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That did force me to climb to a place I have never photographed the falls from.

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Sam is ready to go…..

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But even to leave, we had to use a chain saw.

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Whenever we are here, we hike up Max Patch

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Sam took off and hiked up alone, when I found her, this is what she was doing, I love she is happy in the moment and not because she hiked to the top.

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Rain or sun?

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Back to driving dirt roads.

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a railroad bridge over the French Broad River in the Cherokee National Forest

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of course we all crossed the bridge like in “Stand By Me.”

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Camp site #2, on the banks of the French Broad.

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Mini-moonshine, beer and shots of whiskey around a fire = a great night!

 

July 3, 2018

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The day started early with a trip to Wolf Creek Falls.

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We had the waterfall all to ourselves.

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After lunch, we hiked to a 2nd waterfall – Little Fall Branch.

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Then on to Max Patch for a sunset and Milky Way viewing party. Lighting plays in the clouds.

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the sunset was amazing!

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But the Milky Way was awesome with lightning still bouncing around the clouds below it!

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May 23, 2018

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Silvervale Falls

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There are a lot of road closures due to recent rains (221 south of Blowing Rock) and teh Parkway was closed at the Viaduct. SO I spent the middle of teh day driving dirt roads and exploring on my way to….

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Upper Creek Falls….

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and a swimming hole. The water was VERY cold!

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Finished the day with a sunset on the Blue Ridge Parkway

 

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I slept in this morning and decided to ride Tsali’s Left Loop the recommended direction, then turn around and ride it race direction as a negative split. I then rode Right Loop as a cool down, before taking the fire road back.

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Fontana Lake is low….

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After riding, cleaning up and packing up I did some exploring. First was the tunnel on the Road to Nowhere…. I was disappointed, first it is a short hike, the tunnel isn’t long enough to need a light, but it is still a cool story. I wanted to hike further down to a waterfall, but I misread the description, not a 5 mile round trip, but 5 miles each way…. opps!

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Tom Branch Falls in the Great Smokey Mountain National Park.

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Juney Whank Falls

After a quick bite in Bryson City I drove around a bit looking for primitive camping, but gave up and started home. A great weekend!