Twisting Falls

We found another waterfall in Carter County, Tennessee off of Poga Road tonight, which was only seconds away from the North Carolina border.

Once the scenic road lead us to our destination, we got out of the car at 2,700 feet.

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This is what greeted us … our new path, which we climbed straight down to  2,350 feet.

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By far the hardest hike I have been on – my heart was beating pretty fast as I climbed down using my hands and feet while Jason helped. There was many times Jason held my hand as we found our footing along the trail.

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I have to say the new hiking shoes I bought for us this afternoon made this hike much easier. They are incredibly light weight and they have good traction on the bottom.

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After 40-minutes of completely conquering my fear, we made it to yet another breathtaking view.

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Once again I have a new favorite waterfall, Twisting Falls. The sound was incredible, the air was cool and the mist drenched our clothes and glasses.

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I found another rock where I sat and enjoyed the view.

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That is when I noticed this …

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After a while a girl popped up, she definitely had a great view.

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After sitting for a while we decided to make the walk back up to ensure we had enough sunlight.

Fifteen minutes later we were at the top, out of breath with our calves burning from the hike. It was much easier going up, using tree roots and trucks, as well as rocks to pull us further up the trail.

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Nature certainly took my body to a limit beyond what I thought I was capable of doing tonight. With the help of Jason and the determination to continue I made it! It was an extremely gratifying feeling, especially when I turned around and saw exactly what I climbed down and up for that fact.

I love the patience and encouragement Jason provides when we are out exploring new terrain. The perfect man for me, the perfect exploring buddy!

We live in a beautiful place … the best part of living here is getting out of the car and becoming a part of those surroundings and experiencing it first hand.

I’m interested to feel just how much we put our bodies through tomorrow when we get moving.

I’m ready for another work week to start, and of course finish rather quickly, so we can explore some more.

Laurel Falls

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This is where our hike lead us today, Laurel Falls. It was quite the site to see.

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Jason followed a trail straight up to the top of the waterfall, as I found a rock and enjoyed some peace …

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After a very trying week last week this was exactly what I needed. The longer I sat on the rock the clearer my thoughts became and the higher my spirits soared.

It’s important to have a good support system when you move away from everything you know. I have had some ups and downs this past week – but with the support of Jason and my mom I was able to get through it.

It’s hard to believe that the first marked two full months since we arrived in Kingsport.

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I’m fortunate to live in such a beautiful area, an area that provides so many outlets to distress and become centered again.

The walk that led us to the waterfall was quite the hike. We walked straight down rocks, which definitely slowed my pace.

At one point in our hike we walked alongside the water on rocks.

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Then it became a little easier again.

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I love being out in nature …

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Laurel Falls is my new favorite place … my legs are screaming at me because of the workout I gave them today …

Once again I left all my stress and worry at the waterfall and on the trails. I hope it will stay with me for the rest of the week …

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Directions from 1-26 to the trailhead:

  • Take exit 24 to Elizabethton on Scenic US 321                                     8.4 miles
  • Turn Right at 19E Jct Staying on 321                                                      5.2 miles
  • In Hampton turn left on 321                                                                     1.3 miles
  • Look to the right for the parking lot and trailhead area.

Alternate hike:

  • In Hampton turn left on 321                                                                     0.8 miles
  • Take a right on to Dennis Cove Drive                                                      3.3 miles
  • Take the windy road up the mountain to the Appalachian Trail Crossing at the Dennis Cove trailhead where you will find a parking lot on either side of the road.

Bad Branch Falls

Today Jason’s cousin Christina took us to a beautiful place in Kentucky – Bad Branch Falls.

The trail was full of rocks, both big and small, and roots, which made it difficult to look at your surroundings while trying not to trip on the path.

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But we made it to a spot where we could stop, sit on a rock and look at what was around us …

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My favorite thing about all these hikes is the sound of the water. It takes me to a different place, a peaceful and relaxing place. All of my thoughts dissapear, especially the ones full of stress and worry. It’s almost as if I become a part of nature.

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After we left this little area, our hiking trail went straight up, but it was all worth it …

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The waterfall was beautiful, a lot higher than the last one we visited.

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The sound, oh the sound ….

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The boulders that were at the bottom of the waterfall only added to the view.

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The best part was walking behind the waterfall. The rocks were slippery and the water was cold. It was different looking through from that angle.

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It was anorher great hike out in wilderness. The great thing about these adventures is it makes me want to find another place to explore.

I am so glad Jason and I moved to this area. Beautiful.

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Perfect day, Little Stony Falls

After two weeks of working nonstop with my full-time job and freelance work, Jason and I were finally able to spend some time together out in nature.

I walked away from my desk and computer … what a good feeling.

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We went to Little Stony Falls in Virginia.

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The hike was breathtaking and the trail was adventurous. At times Jason had to help me along where part of the path disappeared.

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We heard the sound of water cascading down the rocks the entire hike. Our path often times took us higher than the water providing an incredible view.

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In addition to the water, these pretty flowers were alongside the trail.

Today was exactly what I needed. It was a perfect day in nature.

The last two weeks have been nonstop writing – I wake up writing, go to work and then come home and write a little more until my brain tells me to quit. My body has been incredibly tired and my brain keeps asking me to slow down. So, today I woke up wrote two articles and took the rest of the day off with the man of my dreams.

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The best part of the hike was the canopy of trees that kept us cool and out of the direct sunlight.

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The path led us here …

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The water was cold, the sound was soothing and the atmosphere was refreshing.

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We kept walking …

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At times we went off the beaten path and climbed closer to the water …

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We stood on the rocks and took the scenery in …

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We continued on the path until another spot grabbed our attention.

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We kept going …

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Until we reached our destination, the incredible waterfall.

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Jason and I climbed down to the waterfall, which he helped me do, since it was straight down on muddy and rocky terrain. I can still hear the sound of the water rushing down. We both sat on a rock and took it all in, what an incredible view.

The 5-mile hike was exciting. This is now my new favorite place we have explored. It will be a place we visit frequently.

I’m centered again and ready to take on another intense work week.

It was the perfect day, a wonderful way to spend some much needed time with Jason. It’s journeys like this that make me fall deeper in love with Jason and the area we now call home.