|View from the Trail|
Just a couple of words of advice. It is not a good idea at all to hike to Laurel Falls during rain, especially a rainstorm. First the rocks are very slippery and people have slipped and died on sunny days. This can happen at any water fall. Always be cautious, do not go close to the edge and do not go off the wooden bridge if it is or has been raining. On a different trip to the Smokies, Stupid Me, did walk off the bridge after it had been raining and I slipped and fell, thankfully in a small puddle of water right near the bridge. I was not near the edge at all, I just took a few steps off the bridge to take a picture and the next thing I knew I was laying in a puddle of water on my back. I did not go off the Waterfall, but my sister and Nadia thought I was. We all hugged after, but I was so embarrassed and felt like a real fool. I knew better! I was not hurt, just had a banged up elbow and unfortunately I did come home with a bacterial infection where I had some stitches. (which I had to get right before we left for our trip). They were on my stomach and when I fell in the puddle the water splashed over my stomach. Also, never drink the water in the rivers and creeks on the trails, you need to treat it first.
Look at the pictures below to see what a difference rain:
Now on with the story...As we hiked up the trail, we did not see any bear, but there was a rattlesnake.
The good news is Nadia and I did not see it. There was a crowd of people staring at something on the side of the mountain on the left. When I heard it was a rattlesnake. I told Nadia to “Come on, where not sticking around to see that.”
|Looking Down the Falls from the Trail|
Here I go again, but please please please follow all warning signs!!
Do not climb on rocks around the waterfall. Over the years, several people have fallen to their deaths and many others have suffered serious injuries from climbing on rocks near waterfalls or along the riverbanks. These rocks are slippery due to mist and algae.
Can you believe there were people on the rocks? I know it is a beautiful place, but why risk it? Nadia was upset because I would not let her climb on the rocks. I just replied, “I am sorry but I love you too much. The rocks are very slippery and rushing water is very strong.” I let her put her hand in a pool of water and that was it.
We started back down the trail. It was so much easier going DOWN the trail. Nadia and I were having a good time. Then guess whom we ran into? One of the Rangers from the Grotto Falls hike! She said “Hey! You braved the trail!” I replied, “Yes I did and I loved it.” We laughed and continued on.
|View from Trail|
Nadia and I arrived at our car and drove back to the Cabin in Townsend. I took Nadia over to the pool for a little while. She swam and I read my book. Afterwards I started getting dinner ready. I did better with the campfire this time. I had dinner cooked in an hour. Nadia played in the calm part of the water by the Cabin for a little while (the water was only up to her ankles and she had on water shoes) and I sat by and watched. We then made some s'mores. Since there were no TV’s, I was prepared. I had brought two books for Nadia to read and a Cross-Stitch Kit for Kids. Nadia opted for the cross-stitch. So we sat on the swing and I taught her how to cross-stitch. We watched the lightning bugs and I got to read some more of my book. What a great day we had together in the Smoky Mountains it was good family bonding.
Below is my first travel guide