Arch Bridge, Highway 215, Haywood County, NC - 2014
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After arriving at the bridge, I scrambled down the rocks to the river. Unlike my last time rock hopping, I was properly equipped to have both hands free for climbing. Down at river level, there were several huge boulders to provide a stable base for my tripod. After getting a few shots of the fall beneath the bridge, I started experimenting with my water filter.
My daughters gave me a Sawyer Squeeze water filter to give me safe water to drink while hiking or backpacking. It is able to filter out the nasties like giardia that can put a miserable end to an otherwise enjoyable weekend in the outdoors. With .10 micron pores in the filter, it can even filter out bacteria! I was quickly able to purify a liter of ice cold mountain water for a refreshing drink before returning to the truck.
Old Man Winter is forecast to make another return tomorrow, so I was thankful to be able to get out for a few hours and relieve some of my cabin fever. Spring can't get here fast enough for me.