This weekend marks the official start to the vacation season. The season where people with kids, dawgs, beer, and campfires show up at campgrounds across the nation. Even still, it’s nice to see families enjoying the great outdoors; camping is still one the best ways to draw families together and to build lasting memories.
Judy and I are volunteering at the Tallulah Gorge State Park Interpretive Center this weekend. Yesterday was busy but no where near as busy as it would have been had the gorge floor been opened for those hardy souls who want to climb over the rocks to make their way to Bridal Vale Falls (also known as Sliding Rock). It had rained hard Friday night which left the rocks in the gorge wet and slippery.
Bridal Vale Falls is the only place in the gorge where people are allowed to swim. The falls are seventeen feet high with a gentle sloping rock ledge that people can slide down which attracts the young and the young at heart. To get there you have to climb down all the stairs to the bottom of the gorge, climb over big boulders to get to the other side of the river, and then make a strenuous three quarter mile hike along the river’s edge (more rock climbing) just to get there.
Once you arrive at “Sliding Rock”, you just have to slide down the falls in order to cool off. Yep, it’s too bad that youthful energy is wasted on the young and not shared with those of us who have the wisdom to use it. Oh well, it is what it is!!
Today we go into the Interpretive Center again at noon time; the good news is that the Center closes at five (we have no evening hours) even though the park doesn’t close until dusk. Therefore, unlike last year, we get to have our evenings free – Yay!!
Hope you’re enjoying a great holiday weekend and don’t forget to give thanks for all those who sacrificed for the freedoms that we enjoy today.