After our climb up the tower I strapped James back onto my backand we took off across the big suspension bridge across the river and hiked off on one of the many trails. Our destination was the Wilson Falls.
Here we are with Grandma on the bridge before taking off down the trail (Grandpa, our fearless leader, is taking the photo).
View from the bridge
The scenery was absolutely astounding – gorgeous flowers, moss draped trees, and grand trees surrounded us.
Jacob was a good little trooper, hiking away like the other big kids.
He did get tired out from time to time though, and had to hitch a ride on the Daddy Express.
At one point on the hike we came to a narrow log bridge that we had to use to get across the river. Down below us the water was quite deep, and was wide enough to go single file down the log. I was especially nervous having James in the backpack strapped to my back.
A ways after the log bridge we be gan the gradual climb up too Willson fall.
And Finally, Wilson falls – which was beautiful, but easily missed. You basically had to look straight up over your head to see anything. I was a bit nervous having James on my back,and feel a bit off ballance – so my photos of the waterfall were horrible – this one is my Dad’s.
After the falls, Dad, Jacob, James, Emily, and I headed back, while Grandpa, Elizabeth and Dorothy continued for a while. The younger set walked about 3.5 miles – me packing James the whole way! WOOT!, Emily easily walked all of it, and Jacob walked at least 2.5 miles of it. Elizabeth and Dorothy probably hiked closer to 4.5 miles. We had a ton of fun, but towards the end I was really pushing it – and extremely sore after.
Next to come: Part Thre: The Museum