Today was the day that Earl (my new Jeep Renegade) got his first taste of mud!
My husband, daughter and I got up this morning and ventured out to the North Georgia mountains in search of Long Creek Falls.
The air was downright chilly as we began the hike along a portion of trail where the Appalachian Trail and the Benton MacKaye Trail are merged. The path follows closely beside Long Creek, so we were serenaded by the sweet sound of gurgling water as we walked.
About a mile later, tucked away down a side trail, we were rewarded with the beautiful Long Creek Falls. Even at less than full force (we are still recovering from the drought) the falls was majestic.
Long Creek Falls is one of my favorite kinds of falls – cascading about fifty feet over a rock face into a pool surrounded by boulders and trees. It’s the kind of waterfall that you can reach out and touch. I’m not as wild about the ones that are really high and skinny that you can only view from a distance.
We were happy (any hike that ends at a waterfall is a good hike!) and so was Earl – who figures that a dirt splattered appearance is always in fashion!