We recently celebrated the birth of our friend Lynette at a campsite in Virgin Falls Pocket Wilderness. Nettie, as we like to call her, had a blast despite the lead photos frown indicating otherwise. The weekend was an all out adventure from the time we left the driveway at the house. We hiked in on Friday just at nightfall and set up camp about 1.5 miles from the trailhead. Night 1 camp was next to a great little waterfall that provided the perfect soundtrack to sleep to.
The next morning we broke camp and hike on in another 3 miles to Night 2 camp along the Caney Fork River. The weather for the day was absolutely perfect as we set up camp. That is, until just as camp was set up. Just as everyone was tightening guylines for their rain fly, the rain came. And it was a truly marvelous storm. We all huddled around each other under a tarp until the thunder had settled.
After the storm had let up we hopped back on the trail for a quick hike to Virgin Falls. The falls are really beautiful, especially after a heavy rain. The valley of the falls to was filled with steam for the heat and humidity. An interesting thing (to a geology nerd) about these falls is that the water comes out of a cave at the top of the falls and goes back underground at the bottom. It's a really neat phenomenon that happens only in karst areas and rarely at this scale.
We continued our day hike from the falls to Sheep's Cave, where a few brave folks decided to climb down to the cave. I was not one of those folks. Sounds like I missed some fun, but also the stinging nettles (which are no fun at all).
Once we all got back to camp we spent some time on the rope swing at the nearby swimming hole. It's bee a long time since I've tried a back dive off a rope swing...I've still got it. after swimming it was time for some Mountain House Meals before the "rave". Amanda had packed in several glow necklaces and blinking rings for the ladies which created some great light painting opportunities for me.
Another great nights sleep transitioned into a beautiful, peaceful morning with an awesome mist over the still of our swimming hole.
Another wicked storm hit just as we finished breaking down camp. So again we huddled under the tarp until it seemed safe to continue. A nice strenuous hike out finished our weekend. I definitely can recommend this little slice of wilderness to anyone looking to get away for a couple days. I think Nettie even enjoyed herself too.
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