Roaring Fork Falls and the Return of the 2014 Polar Vortex w/video

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Here we go again…another shot of polar, arctic air sending temps into the single digits below 0 and wind chills in the -20’s. This pattern seems a little drawn out this January. However, if you pay attention to the weather, there are these short warm ups in between arctic shots. If timed out just right, one can get out fairly comfortably to enjoy the icy effects that this cold weather has on our local waterfalls. Continue reading “Roaring Fork Falls and the Return of the 2014 Polar Vortex w/video”

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Window Falls & Hidden Falls – A Nice Short Stroll Through Hanging Rock State Park Along The MST (w/videos)

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It’s a rare Monday off work in January. After a busy weekend hiking, and NFL playoff games, I was feeling a little lazy today. About noon, I decided to get out of the recliner and make sure this nice 50 degree day was not wasted. It’s a good thing that I live within a half hour drive of Hanging Rock State Park.

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Laurel Falls – January Thaw 2014 Hike

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Here is some good advice. If a rare photo opportunity becomes available, take it. In fact, jump all over it. This past week, most of the eastern US suffered through the frigid, bone chilling effects of what has become known as the 2014 Polar Vortex. This rare event occurs when part of the extreme cold air circulating around the North Pole breaks off and heads south and east via strong jet stream winds. The end result is some of the coldest air in at least 20 years. Just 5 days ago in the small town of Elk Park, NC, the location of Elk River Falls, the temperature dipped to -14 degrees. The entire area was sitting between -10 and -14, just amazingly cold temperatures for this far south. Pictures of frozen waterfalls began to appear all over the social media scene. Unfortunately for me, work would not allow me to break away for a short while.

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Waterfall List To Begin 2014

Skinny Dip FallsCullasaja FallsRainbow FallsWaterfalls Park - Newland, NCHooker Falls
Waterfall #2 at The Blue HoleSilver Run FallsYellow Branch FallsHigh Falls in Dupont State Forest in very high waterLinville Falls - Plunge Basin ViewElk River Falls
Toms Creek FallsIMG_3068Compression Falls along Elk River just over the NC/State Line in TnThe CascadesThe Blue HoleDill Falls
First Visit to Courthouse FallsMoravian FallsUpper Catawba FallsUpper FallsHigh Shoals FallsRoaring Fork Falls

Waterfall List, a set on Flickr.

With a fine New Years Day hike now compete and 2 new waterfalls to start the year, it is time to post the updated list of waterfalls visited. Now up to 90, surely 100 will come in 2014. I have also went in and replaced a number of waterfalls with better photos. This will continue to be a work in progress. Thank you for looking and hope you enjoy!

Yellow Branch Falls – A Special 2014 New Years Day Hike

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Happy 2014!! I like to get out on New Years Day for a hike, weather permitting always. Living in the constantly changing NC climate, one never knows what gifts the weather will bring us for the holidays. For example, less than 2 weeks ago we were waking to temperatures in the high 60’s, on their way to the upper 70’s in December, crazy. Now as I write this, the afternoon high will not leave the 20’s with single digit nights ahead. With all of this in mind, when it comes to winter hiking, I look south. The mountains of southern NC and northern SC can be 10-15 degrees warmer than some of the places further north that I favor in warmer months. For my New Years Day hike, I wanted some place relatively warm and a beautiful waterfall I had not yet seen. After some research, I chose the Yellow Branch Falls.

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Silver Run Falls

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2014……..Wow!! Happy New Year to all!! One of my New Years Resolutions this year is to see more waterfalls that are “new” to me. 2013 was largely spent on getting better photos of many of the ones I had previously visited. I did add a few new ones to my list. Courthouse Falls was probably my favorite new waterfall for 2013. Now it is time to get back to business and grow my collection. My first waterfall trip of 2014 was a trip into South Carolina to see Yellow Branch Falls. On my way back, I had just enough daylight for a quick stop at Silver Run Falls, just accross the border in North Carolina. Silver Run Falls is another new one to me. This is a beautiful 25 foot waterfall that sits less than 1/4 mile from NC 107, about 4 miles south of Cashiers.

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Rainbow Falls – Short Autumn Video

New for 2014!! In an effort to improve the waterfall experience for everyone, I have made a few tweaks, changes and added Videopress. This will now allow me to present blogs with video. I think a good short video can really add a new dynamic to the viewer/reader, especially when presenting something like a waterfall. Continue reading “Rainbow Falls – Short Autumn Video”