A tale of two hikes – Part 5

The “old” forest emerges again, and soon I plunge back into tall trees and more waterfalls.

The trail climbs more sharply now, and between the trees I get glimpses of many passing waterfalls and pools.

At exactly the time I promised I’d turned back, I reach my favorite waterfall on this trail, which also marks the farther east I’ve ever climbed.  I pause to step out on a rockbar in front of the falls, snap a photo for a family who want a group shot in front of the falls (only the fourth group of people I’ve encountered), and then snap my own photo.  I feel euphoric and I want to keep hiking farther.  I look at my watch it is 12:44.  I can turn back, or walk for another 15 minutes with the idea that the trek downhill will be faster than the trek uphill was. I decide to continue 16 minutes.

A tale of two hikes – Part 5

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