Posted by on Oct 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments

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.

Pretty fallen leaves at the beginning of the hike.

Pretty fallen leaves at the beginning of the hike.

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!

 

Busted Boot

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!

I made it!

I made it!

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!
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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?!?!

Hiking boots turned into slippers!

Hiking boots turned into slippers!

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