Frozen Cascades 2010
So this morning, we woke up at 6 AM. It was 10 degrees out when we started our journey to the trailhead. It may sound cold, but believe it or not, we were taking off layers as we hiked the two miles to the falls.
The waterfall was BEAUTIFUL. Incredibly, Ryan and I had it all to ourselves. This was a first for me. The Cascades are exceedingly popular and regardless of weather or season, I have always found other people there. This time, we just so happened to be early enough to beat all the other hikers. We saw many on our return trip to the car… but those precious moments standing on top of Little Stony Creek surrounded by exquisite deity-sized draperies of flowing ice were ours and ours alone.
Although that surprise solitude was precious, I certainly don’t mind sharing on this blog. 🙂 Here are some of my favorite shots of our trip.
I had another “Cascades First” this trip. As we walked to the falls, I reflected back on all my previous trips over the last decade.
“You know,” I told Ryan, “I have never kissed anyone at the Cascades.”
“You’ll have to do that sometime,” Ryan said.
We voluntarily woke up before dawn on a Sunday to hike in the cold– today was not a day of procrastination. We made sure to knock that milestone right out. 🙂
Length: 4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: ~500 feet
Driving and Parking: Large parking lot at trailhead with water fountain and full restrooms.
Directions from Blacksburg, VA
Take 460 West to Pembroke