Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Cold morning at an icy waterfall

Misty and I got up early Saturday morning for a Fresh Air Family trip to Lake Guntersville State Park. Crawling out of bed at 5:15 a.m. wasn't made any easier by the cold weather -- it was the perfect day to just stay bundled up under the covers. Nevertless, we set out for Guntersville before the sun rose. On the way there, we noted that the temperature outside was 22 degrees.

When we got to the Resort Lodge, we had the option of signing up for one of several different outings. Our trip was supposed to be an "eagle watch," but everyone in our group opted for visiting High Falls Park instead. A ranger led the way on about a 20-minute drive to the falls (which are not actually in Lake Guntersville State Park).

Thanks to the cold weather, there was a lot of ice around the falls and the adjacent natural bridge. We hung around for about an hour, walking along the banks of the water on both sides. On one side we saw a number of abandoned beaver dams. No eagles, though.

The area was beautiful, and Misty suggested that Fresh Air Family plan another trip there in August so that people could swim beneath the waterfall. The ranger pointed our a trail were the bottom was easily accessible, or, he said, we could just jump down from the natural bridge. I think we'll forgo that idea.

Here are a few more pictures from our trip.

No comments: