September 03, 2007

Sky Blue Sky

Today was a beautiful day and it was great to be outdoors under the blue sky. Friday night we had planned on going somewhere to hike for Labor Day. Turns out we decided on Fall Creek Falls State Park & Resort.
That park is known for having the tallest waterfall east of the Rockies. That is clearly enough reason to go...right? Bet your bottom dollar it is! So we set off bright and early today. But you can't start a day of hiking without some breakfast, so we all met at a convenient local Cracker Barrel for some good morning eats.

Great drive and we finally got there around 10:30am got all of our gear ready (we packed lunches to eat on the trails) and off we went and hit the trails!

I don't know how many of you all know this (actually I did mention this in my last posting) but TN has been low on the rainfall for the summer months. So we had been talking about how the waterfalls might just look like your ordinary neighborhood cliff...or gorge....because there would be NO water to provide the waterfall we wanted to see.

Well low and behold there was water falling!
The little white dots there at the bottom are some people.

The overlook where i took those pictures of the waterfall was really high so here's is a picture of us with some distance. It's a good one!
Well from that overlook we took the rigorous trail to the base of the waterfall. It was not rigorous going down but we knew climbing back up was going to be cramping our style, literally. The base of the waterfall was worth the trip though being in the gorge surounded by earth, rock, and trees was incredible. So we actually sat down there on the rocks and ate our lunches. Relaxing in the coolness of the shade the gorge provided and hearing the water fall down was just what we needed. Here we are chillin' on our rocks.

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