Yesterday was another NSV that I want to share....we decided to take a hike to a waterfall from the Blue Ridge Parkway that we had attempted before and not been able to do. We were at the same place two years ago in fall and wanted to see the waterfall, but I was afraid I would not be able to get back. It's a short hike to the waterfall (less than 1 mile) but all down hill...and at that time, I was very overweight and totally out of shape so after driving up there, and talking to the ranger about the trail, we left without going to see the waterfall. I just didn't think I could make it...sad really, but true.
So, fast forward to two years later, and 10 months into my latest Spark journey....we drove up there, (no ranger this time cause of the government shutdown fiasco), looked at the weather (threatening rain), and took off down the trail. It did rain in fact, for most of the way down and the trail was quite muddy and slippery where it was rocky, but we had sticks, hats (and I had an umbrella), so on we went, passing a lot of huffing and wet people on their way back up.
After about 50 minutes, we got to the waterfall and the rain stopped.
It is a beautiful waterfall (about 70 feet) and we found a rock to sit on to eat our lunch that we packed. No sun shine, but still very nice to sit there and look at nature's beauty.
To leave, we took the longer loop trail out instead of returning the way we came down, and it was a beautiful 2 mile trail along the stream and through the woods.
We saw lots of squirrels, but no people (they were all on the shorter trail I guess).
Here's the trail and elevation change (from my Garmin watch...isn't this too cool?)
So, after two years, we finally got to see Crabtree Falls! And it was a really nice hike despite the rain and mud.
Here's a look at some fall color on the drive home on the Parkway:
Once again I was so grateful to be in such better health that hikes like this are once again easily done and enjoyed. Yay for healthy living!