The Cherokee National Forest was the location of the Day #2 waterfall hike to Margarette Falls. Jim and I were both sore from the 6 mile hike to Panthertown the day before. I talked Jim into this hike since it was only a mile and half walk to the waterfall. (That is nothing,,,right???). After a few phone calls, we found the gravel parking lot. The internet said this was a 60 foot waterfall and I could hardly wait. It was a cool day and I was already very happy- several butterflies were in the area.
Since my hiking shoes broke the day before, I had to wear Jim's hiking sandals. They were about 3 sizes too big, but that was ok, it had to do, We were about to see a 60 foot waterfall- I WASN'T GOING TO LET BIG SHOES get in my way. I read online that this trail was scenic and rugged: All very true. This was the most beautiful hike I had ever been on. Once we reached the main sign post and took the trail, we could see and hear the creek. Since I was wearing the sandals, I stepped off the path several times, walked in the creek, and took some amazing pictures.
It was about halfway through the hike in the creek, Jim said, "you better watch for snakes". SNAKES- what??? but I didn't let that stop me. I journeyed in and out of the water- the only thing that was bothersome was the bugs yuck..AND a log that was covered with BIG BLACK disgusting worms. I had to crawl under it and I have never been more cautious in my entire life. I searched the entire log and found THE ONE square inch I could duck under. I escaped the booby trap, and took this picture,
This trail started as a path and then had us skipping across rocks. At one point, we were rock climbing (try this in big shoes!). I loved it. I thought we had found the waterfall, but Jim quickly realized that wasn't 60 foot, more like 10...Oops!! The bugs and worms and snakes must have been getting to me or I am just bad judge of distance..haha. The waterfall must be ahead....
I ran ahead of Jim on the trail- I had to see for myself. A short distance later, I found it! It was beautiful! I can honestly say..I was glad I listened to Jim!
The water was perfect! It was clear and cold. I love this picture I took of Jim. I think he thought the water was cold too!!!
I took a couple of pictures of the rocks. I am definitely painting the water and rocks. I love the abstract quality. I can't wait to paint this on canvas.