A Hiking First (For Us)

As I’ve mentioned several times, Betsy and I collect waterfalls.  We’ve been to 278 different waterfalls since our visit to Fall Creek Falls in 2001.  Some of the waterfalls have been big and well-known (Niagara Falls) while others are small and have been found mostly by accident.

Getting to many of the waterfalls involve a hike.  We’ve visited most of the roadside waterfalls in the area we know about, so our waterfall visits usually involve some hiking.  Although we don’t hike real long distances, hiking is something that both of us enjoy.

In June we visited our good friends Judy and Charlie Jones, who were camping at Cades Cove Campground in the Smokies.  Judy and Charlie like to hike and have probably done more hiking than we’ve done.  But Judy always worries about running into a bear on their hikes.  We kidded her about that, because Betsy and I had never seen a bear on any of the hikes we’d taken.

After leaving Judy and Charlie, Betsy and I decided to hike to the nearby Crooked Arm Cascades.  We knew from our guide book that the hike would be about 1.5 miles and was moderately easy.  Since we were in the Smokies in the early summer, we knew the scenery would be beautiful.

We had only gone about half a mile along the trail when we saw a mother bear and two cubs cross the trail up ahead of us.  We stayed back and still until they had moved away from the trail.  We were able to watch them for five minutes or so without any problems, but we had lost our excuse for teasing Judy about bears on the trail.

To see more of our hike to Crooked Arm Cascade click HERE.

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