LIFE'S BETTER IN THE MOUNTAINS

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Triple Falls

A week or so ago, we went to Hooker Falls and Triple Falls. Unfortunately, Triple Falls was engulfed in heavy fog.

We had more rain last week (five inches in three days). The first clear day, my husband and I looked at each other with the same thought: Let's hike up to Triple Falls and High Falls! [Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, and High Falls are along the same trail and within three miles of one another.]

We could hear the roaring of the river when we got out of the car. So much more water than we had seen before. It whetted our appetite to get to the falls.



Another good sign: this section of the river has not had sufficient flow for kayaks in a long time and today they were back.


Our first glimpse of Triple Falls gave us an uplift. It really was flowing more than we had seen.


We were more and more excited as we came closer to the falls.



All the people we had met on the trail were talking about the falls. Almost all of us were people who live in the area since it was a week day. And some shared stories of how the falls looked during the floods of several years ago.




The lower falls roared and bashed against the rocks below. We had never seen the flow so wide nor full. The sound alone was worth the trip.





We spent several minutes admiring the falls and talking with fellow hikers. Then we started up the trail to High Falls. Our luck did not hold and it started raining again. So we turned back. High Falls will be another day.


I cannot tell you how marvelous it is to be able to visit these waterfalls so often. When we need an extra serving of wonder, we hop in the car and are standing at the falls in half an hour or less. No matter how often we visit our waterfalls, they fill us with joy. It is indeed a good life.

19 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Carolyn, It is GORGEOUS!!! I'm SO jealous. I want to be there TOO... Those waterfalls in Dupont are some of our favorites...

Sorry about the Panthers. Neither of us had good luck with our teams yesterday. DARN!!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

George said...

Your pictures sure make me want to go back to re-visit those falls.

Carol said...

The pictures make miss my beloved mountains, "I am a Smokey Mountain Freak". I can hear that water like I'm standing there! You a anthers Fan? I am a RABID....Titan fan and
I am in mourning today........but still happy for a great season!

Carol said...

That's make me miss.......and Panthers Fan....sorry these keys stick sometimes.

Cheryl said...

Carolyn they are so beautiful....I have great respect for powerful water surges......they fascinate yet slightly scare me.....

Enjoy your falls........does it get any better.......

Iris said...

Unreal, it's so pretty! Your photos are convincing us to move farther west when we're ready for acreage of our own. What a treat it is to be so close to such fantastic natural areas.

Kallen305 said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Water in its glory

Tina said...

Carolyn,
What a great series of photos of your falls trip...oh I do envy you that hike..I really have a good dose of cabin fever and so need to get out and about with my camera. It is so nice you have this at your finger tips..to go see and hear!! Glad you took us along!

Shellmo said...

They seem like such a miracle of nature! Your captures were excellent!

Cedar ... said...

Those are beautiful photos! I can almost hear the water and feel the mist!

Cicero Sings said...

Quite the shot up river!

Rain ... what a good excuse to go yet another day.

scienceguy288 said...

I recall your previous trip to Hooker falls. Seems to have swelled a bit.

Beth said...

you are indeed fortunate, this is a beautiful place and to be able to see if without advance planning and preparation is a real treat. I'm glad you take advantage of it.

Jayne said...

So very beautiful, the power of water. :c)

EcoRover said...

I'd forgotten what a river looked like that wasn't iced in! Are you & your spouse kayakers?

Melissa Weisbard said...

These photos are absolutely stunning! Just beautiful. I can hear the sound in my mind right now. My husband and I took a trip through the mountains in Arizona and we came upon the Salt River Canyon. It was beautiful. I think I will include those photos in my next post so I can reminisce.

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks everyone. I'm glad you like the falls.

Betsy - The whole sports weekend was great, except for my teams losing.

Carol - I'll always be a Green Bay Packers fan. I'm a Carolina Panthers fan if they are not playing the Packers.

Eco Rover - We are not kayakers, especially not in the mountain rivers.

Karen said...

Holy Cow! I hadn't seen them look like that in ages!

1Green Thumb said...

Beautiful shots : )