I grabbed the trusty hiking boot a day early this year and thumb through to find our next target. We decided on Cedar Creek Falls which was about 90 minutes away, a 1.2 mile hike which both Wyatt and Bones could handle and had a neighboring falls not officially listed in the book but mentioned in the comments as nearby but not safely accessible.
We travelled back over to Sumter National Forest in Walhalla, SC and made our way down dusty dirt roads to find the trail head: a gated Forest Service road. It felt like we were in the middle of nowhere and hunting trucks were dotted alongside the road here and there for deer season.
We all jumped out of the van and started down the FS road following the description in the book which said to go 1/4 mile before turning right at some boulders.
|I had bought Wyatt a new coat and chose the pretty bright orange color without thinking about hunting safety. I was really glad he had it on as we made our way down the road and ran into a guy out hunting.|
|Wyatt running and laughing his way down the road with Bones limping along behind him.|
|Bones still has a lot of spunk at 8 years old and with a massive tumor in her front left leg. Dusty had given her a week to live back in March. She has done a great job at proving him wrong.|
The FS road was all downhill to start and ended at two large boulders. The book said to turn right at the first set and we saw a blue blaze marking the trees.
|Bones found the first puddle and jumped right in. She loves the water.|
|Einstein doesn't have any undercoat and gets cold way easier than Bones. He jumped int he puddle after her and quickly regretted it. He spent the next few minutes rolling in the leaves.|
|Making their way down to the falls|
Once I made it down, I was so glad we chose this one. It was absolutely gorgeous!! Be prepared for photo spamming below.
|Cedar Creek Falls which feeds into the Chauga River|
|Einstein got in the water again and then started shivering|
|Bones. You can see how large her left front leg tumor is just above her foot|
|Looking down stream with the falls at my back. The horizon line is Blue Hole Falls. Below that is a steep walled canyon that has no safe way to make it down to the bottom.|
|I walked down a ways to see what I could of the lower falls|
|Dusty took Wyatt s far as he could and actually saw a lot of the Blue Hole Falls. I am a wimp though and didn't make it as close.|
|Stolen from Dusty's phone as I did not make it this far down the side of the falls|
|Looking back to Cedar Creek Falls|
|The creek flowing between the two|
|Wyatt hd wanted to get in and I had told him he couldn't get his shoes all wet and cold. When he made it back to Cedar Creek Falls without me he quickly ditched the shoes, socks and his pants too. Boys.|
|Einstein ditched the water and found a nice stick to chew|
|Wyatt is working on his camera face. When he is asked to smile this is what he does.|
|My favorite shot of Bones and I ever|
|Proof he wore pants|