A large raindrop lands on the tip of my nose, waking me from my reverie.
I look overhead to see a kaleidoscope of leaves turning in every direction. Branches sway back and forth as the wind picks up. The next round of rain is here.
I shoulder my gear and bolt for the exit. Smooth stones make the route tricky to navigate, but I pick a few that look reasonable. Once the rain covers these stones they will become treacherous. As beautiful as this place is, I don’t want to get stuck here!
Walking along the street I hear the air above me grow restless. Raindrops splatter the leaves behind me, making a sound like soft applause. I pick up my pace. The sound grows louder. I start to run. Raindrops pound the ground just behind my heels. My car is only feet away, but it feels like a mile!
I head straight for the driver’s door. No time for the gear to go into the back seat – it has to go up front with me. I slam the door closed as a wall of cold water washes over the car. Fog immediately coats the windows.
I sip my coffee and take a deep breath. What a great morning!
It began a few hours ago high in the Peaks of Otter campground. A thick, soupy fog made the Blue Ridge Parkway tricky to navigate. Warming my heart (and my hands) with a strong cup of coffee I made it to my exit.
The fog thinned as I descended the mountain. Full, rich colors glistened with moisture. My directions led me to a small local road, where I would see Statons Creek Falls just off the road’s edge. But I couldn’t see it!
I took another pass, moving carefully with the window down. Finally hearing a rush of water I found a safe place to park.
My difficulty finding the waterfall became apparent when I approached it on foot. While only 50 feet from the road’s edge, it sits 10-12 feet down. I paced the roadside a few times until I found the right branches to grab and the right stones to step on.
I located a clear stone to relax on the water’s edge. A thicket of Maple and Rhododendron shields the road and creates a semi-private space. The creek enters through colorful foliage, spilling and plunging into several pools. The soothing rhythms, fresh air and colorful surroundings make a perfect place to lose track of time.
Until the rain comes.
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