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Fall Creek Falls Adventure Day 2

Day 2 of our adventure, Tuesday morning, dawned early after a very cold night. Temps dropped to the low 50's Monday night and although we thought we'd brought enough blankets, they barely took the chill away.

Rio didn't do so well either. We had made him a bed with blankets on top of his air mattress (yes, we spoil him LOL) but he's an inside couch potato and when we woke up, he was shivering like crazy :-( I took pity on him (not to mention feeling like a HORRIBLE dog owner) and started piling blankets on top of him. Normally he doesn't like to be covered but this time he didn't budge and stayed like that a good couple of hours.

Cold puppy is cold. Covered with about 6 blankets in the tent(red tint
is from the sun coming through the tent).

McKayla fared a lot better than us tho and slept soundly throughout the night. Never once did I hear a peep out of her. I'm not even sure she moved once she passed out. LOL

During one of the few times I'd actually doze off, I was awakened by a sound I'd never heard before. At first it sounded like sirens but then realization hit and I knew what it was: a pack of coyotes yipping and yelping. Rio didn't budge so I assumed they weren't close enough to cause him alarm but it still made my heart race. Eerie yet beautiful at the same time.

After we thawed at the fire and had a breakfast of eggs and bacon (yum!) we headed to the falls that gave Fall Creek Falls State Park their name. Fall Creek Falls is one of the largest falls in the eastern United States at a 256 foot drop.



Fall Creek Falls
This majestic waterfall plunges into a gorge containing one of the last stands of virgin forest in the Southeast. From this point you may see several mature hemlocks and yellow poplars, the primary tree species growing in this cool, moist, shaded gulf. In winter, snow and ice creates a magnificent scene of solitude and beauty.

Fall Creek Falls, at 256 feet, is the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. The waters of Fall Creek have cut through the rock to expose geologic formations millions of years old. These rocks are the remnants of sandy dunes, tidal plains, salt marshes, or swamps, giving each layer a different texture and color.

Beginning at the left of the overlook, a rewarding but strenuous, hike may be taken to the base of the falls. As you descend into the gorge, you will notice it is cooler and darker. This environment is ideal for a wide variety of plants from both northern and southern forests.

The Woodland Trail, to the right of the overlook, leads you across the ridge to the Nature Center on Cane Creek.


Looking out from the overlook.



We took the right path; Woodland Trail and it was absolutely gorgeous. A few climbs here and there but for the most part, it was easily traveling.....perfect when you have a dog that isn't used to this kind of activity and a 6 year old. ☺




When we came across this GIANT rock, I couldn't resist using it as a photo op, too bad there wasn't anyone else around to take a picture with me in it.




Rocky Point Overlook was definitely one of those more tricky climbs to navigate; narrow, rocky paths that twisted and turned along the edge of the ridge. It was a little nerve-racking once we reached the overlook, as I had visions of McKayla and/or Rio tumbling off the cliff edge. Yikes.


McKayla and Rio were troopers. McKayla listened without arguing while we were traversing the tricky areas and Rio wasn't rushing from rock to rock, but, instead, carefully choosing his path that both was easiest for him to navigate but also didn't cause any of us two-leggers issues while we climbed.

The bare spot almost center is the overlook at the start of the trail.


Real dog owners pick up their dog's poo and then carry it all the way
back to the car b/c there were no trash cans to be found. Like a boss. LOL


You can see the massive rock McKayla is
standing in front of here, in the picture above.

We hiked and enjoyed the sites and sounds for a good 3 hours or so. Rio was a champ, taking everything in stride. We made sure to take it easy for him as he isn't used to this kind of activity and took lots of pit stops. The weather was gorgeous and just enough of a chill to keep you comfortable.

We headed back to camp for dinner of burgers and a nap and then John and McKayla went to the playground for a bit, while Rio and I continued being lazy relaxing. After they came back, we all headed to the showers and while I wouldn't ordinarily sing the praises of camp showers, I just have to mention how AWESOME these were! HOT water and the water pressure was almost painful. You don't normally find such good showers at campsites. ☺ This was also the time we think McKayla lost one of her earrings :-(. It most likely went down the drain. That normally wouldn't have been a problem, but she'd been having issues with the holes trying to close back up and being so far away from home, we didn't want the ear missing an earring closing up, so we ended up swapping the one earring back and forth until we got home. Why am I telling you all this? Well, it's more for ME and memories. Haha.

Anyway, tomorrow's post finishes up our brief adventure with a trip around the park and a couple of sacked out "kids" in the back seat on the ride home. ☺

Comments

  1. That sounds like so much fun!! The waterfall is amazing!!!

    You made me giggle about the like a boss poop picking up lol!

    When I set up our tent in the yard to test it out it was about that temperature. I couldn't do it! I went back inside!! So wimpy little me bought an electric blanket to take camping lol!!

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