2016 Winter Trek travel blog

Sue with her hiking stick

June Wank Falls

A view from below the bridge

Tom Branch Falls at Deep Creek

Lower Tom Branch Falls

Full view of falls

Resting and admiring the falls

Wild geranium


White violets

Not sure what this one was

Purple violets


Robin's Plantain

Bridge over Deep Creek

Casting for trout

Indian "muffler man" in Cherokee

Coco Falls on US 19 outside of GSMNP

We ventured over to Bryson City, NC area on Sunday to search for some waterfalls and wildflowers in the Deep Creek area of GSMNP. There's a group of three waterfalls just past the Deep Creek Campground. The descriptions in the GSMNP Waterfalls brochure said the first waterfalls, Juney Wank Falls, was said to be only a 0.3 mile walk from the parking lot and the second was another 0.7 mile from Juney Wank on loop that led back to the trailhead. What they didn't say that the walk was mostly uphill. Sue walked to the first falls with me and then said she was headed back to the car while I took pictures. That uphill "hike" was too much even though she had her "hiking poles" with her. I continued on and got to 2 of the 3 falls in the area. Along the way, I met another photographer who was from Kansas who pointed out a couple of locations for wildflowers, while he had to show me his images from Clingmans Dome (I was jealous because I missed it). I also bumped into a guy with an orange Flyers hoodie. When I said "Let's go Flyers", he looked at me like I had 2 heads. When I got closer I asked if he was from the Philly area. He said he was not, but that his daughter had lived in Newark, DE before she moved to Winston-Salem. I met his daughter who had worked for a book publisher in Dover and lived near Christiana High School. Again I am amazed that no matter where we travel we always seem to run into somebody from Delaware. I managed to get a few wildflower images, but have generally disappointed as wildflowers have been hard to find. I guess it's the cold weather that has delayed blooming here in NC. We'll see what Tennessee brings as we leave for Sevierville tomorrow. Stay tuned.

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