Today, was a treat with a beautiful drive out to the mountains for a hike at Shenandoah National Park. There’s a little color change in the leaves but with all the recent rain, I thought it might be fun to hike to Dark Hollow Falls in SNP.
I had everything I needed…camera bag, tripod, water and even a snack or two. I took off knowing all this rain would pay off. It was exhilarating!
When I was about halfway to the falls, I felt like something was tugging at my heel of my boot and looked to find the sole from my boot was separating… What?!?! I didn’t want to miss out on what was left of the decent light and I didn’t want to turn around. I decided to continue on with my flappy heel.
I didn’t know whether to yank off the sole (so I wouldn’t trip on it) or leave it on to have traction. Well, my decision was made for me soon after… The entire thing fell off. I thought about turning around since the ground was muddy and quite wet the closer I got to the falls but I just couldn’t turn around and needed to keep it moving. When I was nearing the falls, the sole of the other boot started to come off. Yep, both boots dry rotted and my boots were not boots anymore. Luckily, I was distracted by the beauty of the falls and spent a good amount of time admiring their amazing beauty!
What a beautiful sight! The rainfall truly gave way to some powerful falls. I had multiple people on the way down say they’ve seen it when it’s only a trickle!
I made a sole-less (slipper like) trip on the way back, ha ha! People behind me remarked that a bear crossed over the path right in front of me but I didn’t even notice since I was paying attention to my soleless hike. Hmmm, I think I might need new boots?!?!