Last Saturday afternoon I had a couple of hours and decided to take a hike into an area I had not hiked before and where the terrain is extremely steep. My hike took me across the mountain on the north side thru heavily covered areas of Mountain Laurel.
I have mentioned in other hiking post that I have been hunting for a cave that was used by soldiers during the revolutionary war and a revolutionary war grave site. There are historical records with articles talking about this cave and grave site. I continue make hikes across the mountain in my attempt to find both of these.
Soon I was standing at the top of a gorge that is about 1500 feet deep trying to figure out if I was going to be able to hike down, trying to find the best path down.
I could hear water running, maybe a small waterfall. After searching for a clearing so that I could look over the Mountain Laurel, I could finally get a look at the bottom of the gorge. I had not hiked down this gorge before but I was determined to get to the bottom.
Almost to the bottom, decide to snap a couple pictures.
It took me about 35 minutes to get to the bottom and it was worth my efforts.
Pair of huge white oak trees!
I checked my compass in the direct the creek was flowing to determine if I could follow the creek. It appears the creek is flowing south which should eventually take me down the mountain. I will continue to watch my compass so that I can easily make my way back to the house.
Animal bones, maybe a squirrel? Was it eaten by a fox, coyote, eagle, hawk, owl maybe?
Moss is growing all along this creek.
The water is crystal clear and cold.
There are several small waterfalls along this creek..
Can you spot the snail?
Moss and ferns growing on rocks.
This waterfall is about 20-25 feet tall.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for new and richer experience.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
Enjoy your day!