Thursday, September 4, 2008

Labor Day, Waterfalls and Hiking...

We live in the mountains of Western North Carolina in an area that is known as 'The Land of the Waterfalls'. We have over 250 waterfalls in our county. So, we decided to get out of the house for Labor Day and go exploring. Tiffany was the only 'child of ours' with us. She had us all to herself. (that hasn't happened in a long time) First stop, after an hour drive, was at the Rib Shack in Highlands, NC. We have been there before and remembered that it was a quaint little place that had good BBQ. (my husband loves good BBQ) Then, we were fueled with energy to go tackle the Falls. We First went up to Bridal Veil Falls. In this first picture Tiffany and her daddy are standing under Bridal Veil Falls. I know you can barely see them, but I wanted to show the height of the entire falls. Don't worry, I show them closer up in the next photo. Here I zoomed in closer and it looks like the water is hitting them. It is actually in front of them. You can drive your car behind these falls. I think it is a cool shot. White Water Falls was our next stop. This was our first time here so we were up to exploring the whole area. It was about a 1/2 mile hike to the falls but there were several 'look out' spots along the way that we stopped for photo opportunities. Here is my husband 'pretending' to 'hold' the mountain. He is such a goof-ball. (I love that about him) Here is Tiffany climbing the side of the mountain. She was such a climber all day long. She has those long legs and she's only twelve so she has the energy to 'tackle' any mountain.
Here she is at the top. (well, only as far as we would let her climb-she probably would have kept right on going if we had let her). It is really way up there.
Here is White Water Falls. It is a 411 foot cascading waterfal. It was absolutely beautiful. When I stand in front of something like this, I just become even more in awe of God than I already am. He is so amazing and His creation never ceases to blow me away.
So, speaking of, it's the young one that is supposed to have all the energy, I ended up carrying her 'piggy-back' for a little while by the time we were making our way back down. (not really, we were just posing for a picture) We had an awesome day filled with fresh air, beautiful views, great food and a very special time for just the three of us.

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