Friday, September 17, 2010
By the time we arrived at the lot by the Falls, the rain had arrived so we quickly got on the trail which began right beyond the falls, up a path that led across a wooden bridge. From up behind the Falls, we fell into an easy walk/hike on an undulating trail beside the gurgling waters of Bald River. Reds, yellows, and orange colors ran from muted to vibrant in spurts along the way- fall is peeking! At one point, we passed a fairly large rocky overhang, more like what you'd see on the Cumberland Trail. By now the rain had subsided.
The Chronicler was in a dreamy state of placing one foot in front of another, listening to the water, and enjoying the sun-dappled woods when someone from behind announced- snake! Instantly, I was back in the moment! Apparently, it was a tiny, hatchling Ringneck snake, supposedly, non-venomenous, but who cares? It's a snake! On high alert now, I noted my position of number 2 in line, and fell back to let John jump in front. hee..hee.
We enjoyed gorgeous, scenic views of the river all along the trail, spotted several hornets nests and red cardinal flowers blooming. Lunch was eaten at the world famous Betty Falls! We settled on the rocks by cascades that fell into a deep pool. The rain began again, but by now we were all probably ready for a cool down from the wet heat. After eating, we continued on to the end of the trail where it ended at a F.S. Road beside a Conservation Corps built bridge that showed true craftsmanship. Again, the rain ended.
I'd like to thank J.D. for sharing her photo's!