The turtle had the right idea, because it was cold up there on the mountain! When I started back on the downhill run, I saw patches of snow as well as icicles on the rocky overhangs. The only blooming plant life at that altitude was coltsfoot.
I was backpacking my latest zoom lens and tripod in hopes of getting down to Decker's Creek at the same place I did last year. Not sure how I managed to miss the spot, but I did. After I got all the way down to where my car had been left off for me, I drove back up toward Masontown and pulled over to the side of the road where it looked like I could reach the creek.
It started as a wretched undertaking. On the way down the ravine, I skirted all kinds of recently deposited garbage. Luckily for the cold, I wasn't too worried about running into snakes, because the place looked like it would be crawling with them in warmer weather. Soon, I found something that looked vaguely like a trail, and I made it down near the cascades.
Here are two different angles of the same falls:
These were both shot at a slow speed, using a variable neutral density filter and a tripod.
I think that there were even better cascades just downstream from this one, but I wasn't channeling my inner mountain goat today. As it was, I was huffing and puffing like an old man by the time I got back up to the road again.
Don't say it!
Trip details, via MotionX-GPS on my iPhone:
|Date:||Apr 6, 2013 11:13 am|
(valid until Oct 3, 2013)
|View on Map|
|Avg Speed:||10.1 mph|
|Max Speed:||17.6 mph|
|Avg Pace:||5' 54" per mile|
|Min Altitude:||845 ft|
|Max Altitude:||1,842 ft|
|Latitude:||39º 33' 14" N|
|Longitude:||79º 48' 12" W|
|Latitude:||39º 37' 06" N|
|Longitude:||79º 55' 27" W|