I just love fall! It is my absolute, very favorite time of year! I love the wonder of the changing leaves, the smell of smoke from chimney fires, the warmth a good cup of coffee offers, and the chill in the air! I find all of my favorite things about fall in one of my favorite places…the mountains!
My family and I met some dear-to-our-heart friends a couple of weekends ago in Hendersonville, NC. We spent two days hiking to waterfalls. Each morning began with a cup of coffee and each evening ended with good conversation around a cozy wood fire.
Our first day we hiked to Hooker Falls, Triple Falls, and High Falls in Dupont State Forest. Triple Falls was a beautiful, fascinating spot. We climbed up rock walls, which in my opinion were treacherous! I was like Mama Hen, hovering over my chicks! Anyway, the photo ops were worth putting our lives at risk! We carried picnic lunches with us and decided to dine on the rocks at Triple Falls. We hiked on to High Falls and enjoyed spending some time at a covered bridge overlooking the falls. The 3 boys enjoyed skipping rocks, and the 2 girls watched and giggled. On the hike back to the parking lot, Luke complained about being tired, so he rode on Brad’s shoulders most of the way down.
On day two, we visited Caesar’s Head State Park and then headed to the Waterfall Trail to hike to Raven Cliff Falls, a 400 foot waterfall. The trail we hiked this day was one of the prettiest trails I’ve ever been on. The trees were at their peak of color and everything was so beautiful! Thank you, God, for fall! When we arrived at the observation platform, we ate our picnic lunch on benches in a gazebo. As Logan ate, he looked down, spotted a dollar bill, quietly left his seat, walked down under the deck and retrieved his find before telling anyone what he was doing. He wanted to make sure he was the one to get that dollar! Logan makes me laugh!
On our hike back, we stopped at a vine hanging down from a tree beside the trail. All 5 kids and both moms took a swing on the vine over the trail. It was great fun! Luke did not complain one single time on the return hike, and our friend Trevor paid Luke one dollar for walking out of the woods on his own two feet! It was a 4.4 mile round trip hike!
The next morning, the five children led our worship service on the deck. Logan and Evan played guitar while Lindsay and Claire sang worship songs, Luke prayed and quoted some verses from the book of James, and Evan preached on James 4. It was wonderful!
Fall in the mountains is wonderful!