It's hard to believe how quickly 3 weeks have flown by since our arrival in SC. Tomorrow is time for us to pack it up and head to FL for a few months. While we're not really FL people (no mountains, no great hiking) we're looking forward to the warm weather, beaches, family and friends for a few months.
We've been cramming in as much hiking as we can these past few days as we know it will be a long time until we see mountains and forests again.
There are so many waterfalls around here and a few days ago we were able to hike to two of them. This area is so remote and the hiking is incredible as we are in the wilderness away from all signs of civilization. It's also interesting trying to find these waterfalls as most of them are tucked away many miles down a dirt road or in some cases a 4-wheel drive dirt road (thankfully we have the Jeep!). It makes it all the more rewarding when we finally come across the beauty of the water.
Brasstown Falls was a series of 4 waterfalls ranging in size from 20 to 40 feet. As we descended each level we were more and more amazed at the beauty of each.
Riley Moore Falls was much smaller in comparison to Brasstown Falls but still beautiful in its own way. This was an area where the Jeep got a little workout on the dirt roads leading to the trail. The trail to this falls was a great little winding trail in and out of the hollows on the way to the creek. The falls are on the site of what used to be a gristmill.
From the mountains to the city. We took a reprieve from hiking to head to Atlanta, GA. It was a quick trip in and out of the city (to avoid the crazy traffic in that area) so we spent a little time in the Centennial Olympic Park, lunch inside the CNN building and a walk past the Georgia Dome. If we get more time on another trip we will definitely take a day or two to check out this city in more detail.
Back to the mountains - Highest Peak in SC - Sassafras Mountain. One of our goals is to eventually climb MOST of the highest peaks in the US (no way on McKinley!) so climbing to the top of Sassafras was another one we could check off the list. As you can see below, we still have a long way to go! :-)
Til next time...happy trails!