Remember the resolution to get outside often and celebrate the little things more? As we roll towards the middle of the year, I’m happy to dedicate this post to those resolutions.
It was my first time out to Old Fort. Catawba Falls has been on our radar for some time after seeing many others venture there. We finally made plans to meet friends for an evening adventure.
The dogs were ready to go, a picnic was packed, the weather was mild with no rain so it was time to hike.
The trail is well maintained except for a bit of maintenance while we were there (possibly upkeep after storms?). From the get-go, you’re crossing creeks by balancing on logs, stepping on rocks and hoping everything remains steady through the running stream. Prepare to miss the mark occasionally and have your foot go straight into the cool water.
Winding through the thin towering trees, you follow the water as it creates small falls and rushes over river rocks. The shades of green differ from the treetops to the small plants at your feet. I loved jumping through the water and staring up at the final cascading waterfall. The sounds, the colors, the peacefulness.
We ended the day with a picnic in a flat and grassy spot near our cars. However, after we hiked the trail, we realized there are some prime spots you run into if you can bring your picnic along for the hike. Large flat rocks overlooking the smaller falls with leafy trees providing coverage from the sun create the perfect setting.
More on this picnic...sandwiches are always an easy option but when you’re sandwiched-out, imagine a different picnic spread. Charcuterie meats from The Chop Shop, a variety of soft and hard cheeses, a fresh baguette, hardy mustards and homemade jams. Cherries and watermelon for dessert or just the blue cheese with raspberry jam spread over top.
The sun sets slower this time of year so we chatted over white wine as dusk settled in. Only when the sight of our own cars began to disappear did we pack up for the drive home.
Cheers and happy trails as always.