A little bit ago we went on a hike scavenger hunt. While on that hike, we saw a sign that said “Upper Waterfall” with an arrow pointing to the trail. I didn’t know how long it was to get to the waterfall, so I told Novalie would we come another time and do the rest of the hike to the waterfall.
That time came yesterday. Novalie and her friend, Kayla, wanted to go on the hike and have a picnic at the waterfall.
Starting the hike on a nice sandy trail.
Some of the trees were a beautiful red. The trail was covered in brightly colored leaves. It really was beautiful. And walking through crunchy leaves in the fall is such a happy thing.
By this point, we are deep in the woods. This bridge was so enchanting.
Testing out the water temperature. Everywhere I looked was a beautiful backdrop for a picture. I wish I had my good camera and not just my phone, but you can still see the beauty all around us. (and seriously, at this point in the hike, my legs were so tired I had to stop and rest often so I used taking pictures as an excuse!)
At this little bridge built upon two tree trunks, we had not seen a human for awhile. We saw several families earlier and asked how far to the waterfall and they all responded with the same, “oh, we have small children, so we can’t go all the way to the waterfall.” That should have been a big clue. A lady coming down the mountain stopped and talked with us. She told us we were half way there, but the rest of the way is really steep and rocky. I told the girls that it had been a beautiful hike and we should have our picnic by this little bridge. I honestly didn’t know if I could go any further and it sounded hard. They were determined to get to that waterfall, so on we went.
And that lady was not lying. It was steep. It was rocky. We scaled some huge rocks on cliffs. (That sounds so dramatic, it was safe….sort of) I somehow found it easier to climb rocks then to walk up hill at a steady pace. That was a blessing because it was hard. The girls didn’t complain once. They just wanted to get to the waterfall.
See that little waterfall in between the rocks? It was pretty and I tried to make the girls satisfied with it, but they said “no, we can do it, let’s keep going.” I knew I couldn’t quit on them because I know the feeling when you finally reach the end of something oh so hard. I wanted them to feel that. Two teenage girls came by and said we were almost there. Just about 15 minutes longer. It was more like 30 minutes longer.
We made it to the waterfall! It was a beautiful waterfall and the girls felt that proud feeling. The reward of finishing. The reward of the beauty at the finish line.
Eating their well deserved picnic. I would have packed a better lunch had I known what we were up against. They didn’t care. They were just happy to be at the top.
We missed this cool tree branch on the way up. Coming down we spotted it and had to stop for more pictures. She is just as beautiful and energetic as the world around her.
We had to get in a silly shot.
That smile on my face is because we were headed DOWN the mountain.
Celebrating by playing in the leaves because they DID IT!
It took us 2 hours to get to the waterfall. It took us 30 minutes to get down. It was just so beautiful this time of year that it makes me think I could do it again. The girls said they would do it again….when they are 15.
♥Happy Fall Hike♥