Yesterday my day did not start on the right foot. As soon as I woke up, it seemed like it was one thing after another going completely wrong. I’m not a fan of these types of days . . .
After I returned home from Jonesborough and made a couple phone calls to finish my last two articles for the Herald & Tribune, my day began looking up.
This of course happened because Jason had the day off and he was eager to get out in the woods and go hiking.
So after my work for the day was complete, which was much earlier than expected, we packed our hiking bag, put Lucy’s hiking collar on and headed to Virginia for an afternoon of fun.
I always enjoy driving through Virginia, it is such a beautiful state.
We eventually made our way to High Knob Road, which took us to the trailhead. Thank goodness the road wasn’t wet and muddy, or we might have had trouble getting all the way back to the starting point.
After we parked we climbed about a dozen or so stairs to get to the trail, which was an almost instant decline down the hill. At this point Jason said what I was thinking . . . this wasn’t going to be fun on our way out.
The trail led us to Devil Fork Creek, which we had to cross to continue on with our journey. There were rocks for the most part that guided our steps to the other side. On our way in, we held Lucy as we made our way across because the water became deeper at the other end.
On our way back I left it up to Lucy to make it to the other side. After whimpering for a minute or two, and with us encouraging her, she finally rocked back and jumped as far as she could make it, which, yep, ended up leaving her splashing right in the water. Lucy kicked and swam to the next rock, jumping from dry spot to dry spot before making it to the other side. As soon as she made it on dry land she shook a few times before trotting along behind Jason.
Once we made it to the other side of the creek we followed the markings on the tree, which guided us through the incredible woods of green vegetation.
After hiking a little ways down the path, there was a sign that navigated us in the right direction.
We headed left towards the Devil’s Bath Tub.
Jason loved everything about this trail. He was definitely enjoying his day off. On more than one occasion he said how beautiful the trail was.
I LOVE that we can share adventures like this with one another. I can never express how incredible it is to make these new memories with this man I love so much.
The trail weaved in and around the creek, which led us up and down a breathtaking trail. Yes up and down, my legs are feeling the workout we did yesterday today. (Running two miles probably didn’t help the matter today.)
We really had to watch the markings on the trees and rocks to ensure we were going the right direction.
If you look closely there is a marking on the tree on the right side of the photograph. Jason and Lucy are hiking through the rocky path.
There is always something incredible to look at while we are hiking along, if it’s not a trunk of a tree, it’s the huge green leaves or flowers that are slowly dying, or the cascading water over or between rocks.
I have so many photographs like this one. I get excited every time I see little waterfalls like this because they all produce their own unique sound that is incredibly calming.
This is what our path turned into, all rocks. It was absolutely adorable following Lucy’s path as she maneuvered between the large and small rocks. I couldn’t help but smile as she jumped and jumped and jumped.
We found places along the way that we stopped and had a snack, took a drink and well just stopped a minute to take a breather.
It wouldn’t be a true adventure unless we went off the trail and found unique, stunning views to appreciate.
We stopped here and walked along the trees that fell, kind of “X” marks the spot.
Lucy had fun walking on the tree too. Where ever Jason goes she follows . . .
I know I’ve said this before, but Lucy is truly a great hiking buddy. She is so well-behaved while we are hiking the trails, especially when we let her off the leash and let her explore on her own. Lucy’s always close by, never ventures too far away and listens when we call for her.
We finally reached the watering hole, which was breathtaking, even with about a dozen people swimming and splashing in the crystal clear water.
Since there was a ton of people swimming (this picture of course was taken after they all left) we followed the trail to the right in search of the Devil’s Bath Tub.
I am still in awe, the sight was simply breathtaking. It was stunning to see what years and years of water running through rocks had done to the rock formation.
The water cascaded down the rocks which pooled into the “bath tub,” which Jason thinks is at least 35 feet deep.
I still cannot get over how clear the water was. It was absolutely beautiful, especially with the way the light was reflecting off of the water.
I am so glad we climbed down and walked along the bath tub and beyond.
The water flowed from the bath tub and continued along . . .
The water continued on from here and eventually flowed into the water hole.
Lucy enjoying the view.
We of course found higher grounds to gain another perspective. It was beautiful from up here. We sat up here for quite a while in complete silence taking it all in.
After leaving the Devil’s Bath Tub we wen back to the water hole where everyone was swimming before. Words cannot describe the beauty we saw.
If the water wasn’t super cold, and I wore a bathing suit, I might have gone for a little dip.
Out of all the hikes we have done in the past 14-months since moving to NE Tennessee, this is by far my favorite. That’s saying a lot with all the waterfalls we have seen. Jason and I will definitely return to this location, hopefully with friends and family to show them this pure beauty.
There is nothing better than getting lost on a trail for a day of fun.
My Friday turned out to be a fabulous day . . . a wonderful day with Lucy, our little, almost 7-month-old puppy, and my best friend.
Every time we spend time outdoors I grow a new appreciation for where we live. I’m so glad we decided to move to this area, especially with all of the wonderful experiences we have gained.
Memories for a lifetime and experiences I will hold near and dear for all eternity.