We enjoyed a delightful visit with our friend Kit who came to visit us for a couple days this past week. Our mission was to hike to some waterfalls nearby, so after lunch on the porch, we headed out to start our two day adventure. With recent rain, the falls were flowing great and we could hear the water roaring shortly after starting our walk along the trail. The first glimpse from the top of the falls was absolutely amazing and I could see a couple of guys swimming in the pool below. After enjoying the view for a few minutes, we began climbing down the rocks leading to the bottom of the falls.
Once there I quickly made my way over to the water’s edge and was followed by Wes and Kit. The wind created by the falling water was incredible and we were quickly covered in mist! It almost felt like being out in a tropical storm, while standing there and we decided that was a great place for our first group photo.
We then followed a trail that led us behind the falls, taking breaks to stop and look up at the massive rock cliff, from whence the water fell.
The pool at the bottom was most inviting and I could instantly see why the people were swimming in the large pool. Of course I immediately started planning a return visit for Wes and I to enjoy a picnic and possibly swim at the base of the picturesque falls.
We continued along whilst exploring the surrounding area, which was full of big rocks everywhere, large gnarly tree roots wrapping and clinging to them all, as if the trees were carrying these rocks along while walking through the woods. There were beautiful small pools in various spots, surrounded by moss covered rocks and ferns, and looked as if we were in a tropical jungle somewhere.
Reluctantly leaving the gorgeous falls, we drove some distance to another trailhead leading to more big rocks. However, some of these rocks are massive and made the previous ones look like mere babies. Our first stop along the trail was on a large outcropping of stone that gave a splendid view of the plateau and surrounding area.
Of course I just had to go to the very edge, but chose to sit while doing so to be just a little safer. Sitting there, I felt on top of the world as I looked out at the grand view with vast sky above, which almost made me feel as if I were peering out of a window in an airplane.
We sat there for a little while, relaxing and enjoying the tranquility and beauty of the setting, before heading out along the trail that led us to the BIG rocks. “They’re the size of houses” we were told before hiking to see the big rocks the first time, and absolutely agreed with them upon seeing them in person. Kit was just as impressed with their grand size as we were!
The next day brought new adventures and we headed out that morning to hike to another waterfall. It was gorgeous and looked very different than the last time Wes and I hiked to it last fall.
Our trio walked along the trail leading behind it and over to enjoy the view of it from the other side. As you can see below, I found a very large tree that I just had to hug! It’s bark was thick enough that it almost felt like the spongy cork-like bark of the huge sequoias out in California.
The waterfall was serenely beautiful from the bottom and we found a peaceful spot to hang out for a bit.
I love taking photos with our iPhone with the “live” setting turned on, so I can change it to the “long exposure” setting afterwards, and achieve the beautiful look of soft flowing water. The lighting was absolutely perfect as well and was highlighting the top of the falls as well as portions of the big pool below.
We decided to take Kit up the rock cliff on the return hike, which is literally a rock cliff that has cables attached going down at an angle, that you can hold onto while climbing up the steep incline. It’s scary enough that for adrenaline junky me, it adds a bit of excitement to the hike.
That afternoon we enjoyed hiking around a lovely lake, and later had our picnic super at a table directly by the water, giving us a beautiful view to end the day. It was a wonderful time, enjoying fun hikes, beautiful scenery and making great memories.
IN THE STUDIO
I’ve made more progress on my pet portrait commission of a beautiful French Bulldog named Hazel. I’m having such fun painting this adorable little girl and will share the finished painting with you.
Wes and I are delighted that we had paintings accepted into the 14th Biennial Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibition! These small works are available for your collection. The exhibition will take place at the Preston Arts Center in Henderson, KY from October 1 to November 29, 2022.
My “Cool, Clear, Water” features a hellbender we enjoyed watching while snorkeling in the smokies. Wes’ piece “Understory Surprise” is a gorgeous little kinglet which we saw while hiking at a nearby state park. And my other accepted painting features a beautiful Gila monster and is titled “Sun Loving Monster“.
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Until Next Time ~ Rachelle