The Three Hour Tour
Well, fortunately we didn't get stranded. But someone forgot to mention that the hike has 1,200 foot elevation (mom!).
It was quite beautiful but after some time, my legs and feet were getting a little peeved that we were not much closer to this highly anticipated waterfall. Phoebe on the other hand could have completed the hike twice before we made it to the half way point.
We were also distraught by the woman who was being escorted by her husband down the mountain with a bloody scarf wrapped around her head. Why we didn't turn around then I don't know.
Three quarters of the way up, we ate lunch and watched a few groups of people pass us on their way to the top. One woman in particular was quite impressive - baby on her back in a carrier and holding hands with a toddler. I kind of don't think she would have noticed if I hopped in the baby carrier. But I couldn't catch up with her to try out my theory.
We almost quit after lunch but we could feel the icy cool breeze of the waterfall so we felt silly turning around when we were only 12 hours from the top.
We finally made it!
The waterfall was very beautiful and the raging river right below it was stunning. Even with signs posted saying that it was not advised to cut straight down the mountain and much safer to take the switch back trails, I definitely pondered the idea. Rolling straight down sounded like an improvement to pounding my knees on the endless trails.
We finally made it back to the truck and hauled ourselves up into the seats. I was not looking forward to climbing the stairs of the RV when we arrived back at camp but we amazingly survived that too.
The very last few photos are of Phoebe basking in the sun on a week when we were very lucky to receive sunshine instead of rain. And the last photo is our mesmerizing view of the river outside of our campsite during sunset.