a.k.a. Suicide Mission
Alright, so, that's a little bit dramatic.......
This past Saturday we went on a hike in Mount Mitchell. This is another waterfall found in the NC Waterfall guide that Cody bought me for Christmas. We learned a valuable lesson about the Blue Ridge Parkway on Saturday, always check for road closures!! We were thrown waaaay off course and had to take a major detour in order to reach the base of Mount Mitchell. Normally, I freak out when we get lost, and I start to get upset, but this particular time.......I took it all in stride - and it ended up being a beautiful day. Main sections of Mount Mitchell are closed due to some construction they are doing on the observation deck, but this didn't affect us too much since we were headed for a different area.
Upon reaching the trail head we were surprised at how many vehicles were haphazardly parked along the road; the gates to the campground were closed and made for one tight squeeze. Thankfully, there was a spot open just for us......This was a trail which was less than a mile, so, gearing up really wasn't necessary. Here's where my absentmindedness got the best of me: Halfway through the hike I realized that my battery in my camera was nearly dead, we had to turn around and go back to the car for a fresh one.
Let's try this again, okay we're back on the trail, and finally reach the little off shoot that leads to "Setrock Creek Falls". The canopy wasn't as closed as I thought it was going to be, which made for some overexposed photos, but I'm over it. Especially since my tripod broke a couple weeks ago, which also restricted me in some aggravating ways. Almost ALL of my photos are unsatisfactory, mostly because they were blurry, since holding a camera still with an open shutter is nearly impossible. It's not a lesson learned, because I knew from the get go that my gorillapod wasn't going to cut it. I really need to buy a new tripod, and I will, definitely before the Big Sur trip!
It was a gorgeous day, and we had a great day despite the complications we encountered along the way. Another waterfall was nearby that we also ventured to while out on Saturday, I will also share a few of those photos later.
- A larger photo of the falls: HERE