Archive for January, 2018

Small Falls, An Unnamed Falls, and Delsatch Falls – 4-4-2017

After a month and a half of no hiking, I jumped at the first chance I got to get away to the mountains. It had to be somewhere close so I chose some falls in the Clark Creek area that my son Tyler had not yet seen. We left as early as we could but, by the time we crossed the creek several times and got to our first location which would be Small Falls, the sun was just coming over the ridge and we knew then that it would be too bright for getting any decent photos. Since I already had pics of all the falls we would be going to, it did not bother me so we just relished in the beauty that was around us. These falls are only about 15 feet in vertical height but, still worth the short side trip to reach them. We cleaned up some debris before taking what pics we could and then went back down to the main creek to continue on to the next falls.

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Small Falls

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Posted on 18 January '18 by , under RATtreks. No Comments.

Dick Creek Falls – 2-19-2017

It was brought to my attention that some members of the Team Waterfall group would be hiking all weekend in the East Tennessee area and on Sunday would be going to the falls along Dick Creek led by our own resident Gnome, John Forbes. He would be showing them the way to the Upper Falls as well as some of the other upper falls above it as well. That group would be coming in the long way over the mountain from Rock Creek whereas my son Tyler and I would be four wheel driving in from the Limestone Cove side to meet them there. Included in the Team Waterfall group would be John Forbes, Scott Burns, Spencer Clary, Stephanie Brooks, Kyle Logan, Angelina Sujata, Jennifer Loow, Andy Kunkle, Christy Kunkle, Jonathan Vallejo, Mary Vallejo (and their son whom I can not remember his name), Wendy Walker, and Beth Bradshaw. This would be my first time meeting (in person) some of these folks which was one of the reasons I decided to attend this event. Secondly to show some Tennessee hospitality to our North Carolina hiking friends. Tyler and I got there early and ahead of the groups arrival so we proceeded to check out the lower falls and wait for them there.

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Lower Dick Creek Falls

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Posted on 17 January '18 by , under RATtreks. No Comments.

Ancient Mule Bank Mine Waterfall – 2-15-2017

Two things you never hear in the same sentence are ‘mines’ and ‘waterfalls’ but, after hearing about my friend John Forbe`s recent discovery of an old mule bank mine that believe it or not, was completely hidden behind a waterfall, I knew I had to see this for myself asap ! Located in the Little Stony area of Southwest Virginia, I was excited as we made our way into the gorge on a chilly morning. Along on this excursion would be our leader John Forbes, Dan Till, Amanda Moore, my son Tyler Tarpley, and yours truly.

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(left to right) John Forbes, RAT, Tyler Tarpley) Deep inside the mule bank mine. (Photo by Dan Till)

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Posted on 10 January '18 by , under RATtreks. No Comments.