My name is Nick Peeff and I used to
work as a local computer technician in Dearborn Michigan supporting corporate
office buildings for the last 8 years. While working at these sites, the
employee vacation pictures on the walls put me in the mood to travel to
In the past six years, I have visited waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Sequoia Kings Canyon, Shenandoah, Georgia, Michigan's UP, Ontario, Kentucky, Western New York, West Virginia, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Wisconsin and Tennessee.
You can find directions to waterfalls by searching the Internet for different states or by purchasing books like Greg Plumb's "The Waterfalls of Tennessee." These books are very useful because they show you pictures of how aesthetic most of the waterfalls are and the author will rate them by trail difficulty.
I was very excited when I found some
very unique looking waterfalls and landscapes on the Internet from the country
The most popular waterfall at
I planned on taking this long hike on
my second day at the park. To get there, I left the
Not only was it a major hassle trying
to find the trail, but now I also have to hike 7.6 miles to see the falls! So, I
loaded all the essential supplies in my backpack like water, camera equipment,
aqua shoes, bug spray, and food and began the journey. I was curious to see how
wide the river was that I had to cross on my way to the falls and I once I
approached it, I was surprised that it had a very swift current! So I changed
into my aqua shoes and went into the cold river with a large branch that I used
as a walking stick. I had to be very careful that the force of the water didn’t
knock me down because the river was about one hundred feet wide. I eventually
came to shore only to see another sign that read, “
Since it is a very long trail, there were several hills and other small streams to cross by walking over logs or rock hopping. With about two miles to go, I was surprised to see a group of people riding horses and I thought to myself, “why didn’t I get one?” But I think the horses came from a different trail much further down the bumpy road I came from. Besides, I was hoping I could lose a few pounds on this hike to make up for those “All you can eat buffets” at the hotels I stayed in!
When I finally arrived at the falls after long mile hike, it was so beautiful that I felt like I met God! It was two raging rivers joining together as a union of falling water over a unique rock formation creating this magnificent natural masterpiece! I decided to have lunch as I enjoyed the view of this awesome sight and took some pictures. After about forty minutes, I had to leave the falls because it was about 4:00 P.M. and I still had to hike another 7.6 miles to get back to my car! After hiking back for about three miles, I came to the most difficult part of the trail because I had to walk up a six hundred foot hill that must have been a half-mile long. This may not seem hard for some people, but it is after you have already hiked eleven miles! Once I passed the hill, the trail got much easier and I couldn't believe how excited I was when I finally saw the river I crossed a mile after the trail started! It was mid July and about eighty-five degrees so going into the cold water for the second time was now a relaxing pleasure!
I finally got back to the car after that eight-hour hike and immediately started drinking the water I had stocked in my cooler. I brought a little bit less than a gallon of water with me for the hike and I finished that with about two miles left in the hike. I then cleaned off my shoes, got into the car, turned on the air conditioning, and drove to the steep hill that the trail guide advised me not go down unless I had a four wheel drive vehicle. I decided to backup to gain momentum and I hit the pedal to the metal as the rental car struggled up the gravel hill barely making it back on the road.
As I drove back to the hotel I had that joyous "mission accomplished" feeling. And "thank goodness my wife is still alive!" (I didn't go on this trip alone.) However, in the next few days, I was soon to feel the after effects of the sixteen-mile journey.
Once I arrived at the
Since I still had four days left on my
visit, I certainly didn't want to miss the numerous other attractions in the
park, so I limped my way through the geysers, Mammoth
When I turned in the rental car, I was
lucky they didn't charge me extra money because I drove that Dodge Stratus like
it was a Range Rover on those bumpy gravel roads! Once I returned to
In closing, I hope you enjoy my pictures because in simple terms, waterfalls just look cool!