The last month of the year brought our first little trip away of the year. We were able to sneak away for several nights to northern Georgia at the end of my semester to hunt down some new waterfalls and enjoy some cooler weather. We stayed in a little AirBNB outside Blairsville and managed to hike a bunch of different waterfalls that we hadn’t seen before, managing to avoid a pretty aggressive downpour one day and surviving a scary fall a mile up a trail the next day. Happily there was an ice cold stream that I could dunk my ankle in for a bit to shock me back to reality and even more happily I could use my tripod as a makeshift cane to lurch my way back down the trail to the car.
DeSoto Falls, the upper trail anyways, was a bit perilous for me but the waterfall was a nice multi-tiered sort of a thing that was nice to find. The rest of the day was spent recovering and feeling a bit sorry for myself but we did stop to take in a beautiful sunset on our way back to the AirBNB.
With more limited mobility, we had to become a bit more selective about the waterfalls we would go looking for. So Monday found us back in the car and checking out Horse Trough Falls again. We had stopped at it (in the rain) the other day so we came back to see it in better weather (and also because it’s only like 1/10 of a mile from the parking area. Even flew the drone around a little bit and captured Double Culvert Branch Falls on our way out of the forest.
Tuesday took us to Warwoman Dell and one of my favorite little waterfalls and then off to Minnehaha Falls, which was probably the most epic and regal waterfall I’ve yet come across.
The rest of our trip was spent visiting familiar spots and seeing them at different times of year than when we are normally in the area. We stumbled on this little gem of white water while we were hunting for a slide rock that is fun to take a dip in during the warmer months.