This past weekend, Ruth and I took a little trip to the North Georgia mountains to hike a water fall and spend the day celebrating my birthday. We took the pup along for the hike and headed for Dukes Creek Falls. This short little hike (about 2.5 miles round trip) was just what we needed to stretch our legs. So with bags packed, we jumped into the truck and drove north.
It was a perfect day for a hike, highs were going to be in the low 80’s and the morning started off a little over cast.
As you can see, Ruth was responsible for the dog. The trail was in fine shape with an early paved section and then a mostly gravel covered walk. The trail was mostly easy to follow and other than two places where it could of been marked better, was not problem to know where you were going.
The falls themselves are rather wonderful, but not easy to photograph. Much of the larger falls si covered with foliage and there is no clear line of sight to it. However, that didn’t stop the camera from being pulled out many time!
With all of the recent rains, the falls were really flowing. It was a great way to spend my birthday and we really enjoyed the falls for more than an hour.
After finishing the falls, we hiked back to the top for a well deserved picnic lunch. The really scary part here is that our pup, Chance, got spooked by something and was able to pull himself free of his harness. This allowed him to run free and, of course, he headed down the hill at a great rate of speed. Very quickly he was outside of our line of sight and we could not hear him. I thought he was gone for good, but 5 minutes or so later, he came bounding up the hill as happy to see us as you could imagine. It was frightening, but satisfying that he came back quickly.
Of course, that used up the last of his energy and he slept for the next few days!
Isn’t he a good boy??