Monday, November 3, 2014

Ramsey Cascades

So in the morning of Monday the 27th of October we set out to see Ramsey Cascade. We knew it was a less traveled waterfall trail so treaded lightly to avoid warning animals of our presence. We weren’t on the trail more than 30 minutes when we heard a rustling off the trail to our right. We turned in time to see a black bear’s furry bum towards us wiggling as he ran away from us. It was so cool!!! We kept our voices and steps as quiet as we could for the rest of our hike, but we didn’t see any more bears. The trail did afford us some other sights, though. The trail itself had character.

A relatively large portion of the trees in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are original growth, meaning the trees you see are not regrown after fire, logging, etc. Because of this you can see some enormous trees.

We reached the waterfall after a couple hours and we were glad we took the ranger’s advice.

The waterfall was very tall, very beautiful, and very slippery. While Mike was setting up a timed shot for us on his camera I slipped on a rock and landed on my butt. Luckily he didn’t get a shot of my spill! An older couple showed up at the cascades after we got our photo so they missed my show too.

On the way back down the trail there were a lot more hikers, AND we saw an awesome tree climbing snake. 

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