We were in search of two waterfalls, the Upper and Lower Falls of Bubbling Spring Branch. The hike was relatively short, but included several stream crossings. Fortunately, the water levels were at normal levels, allowing us to rock-hop each crossing instead of having to wade. There were also some boggy areas that were too big to go around, so slightly wet feet were hard to avoid.
Lower Fall, Bubbling Spring Branch, Middle Prong Wilderness, NC - 2015
The Lower Fall is the first one we encountered. Even though water levels weren't very high, there was enough water volume for a decent photo. A short, but steep trail led from there up to the Upper Fall.
Upper Fall, Bubbling Spring Branch, Middle Prong Wilderness, NC - 2015
As usual, Courtney refused to cooperate for any picture with her in it, so you'll have to take my word for it that she made the hike. I did get her to take a couple of me, one which I used for a new Facebook profile picture. Below is one more of me.
The photographer in front of the camera
The rain held out, and we made it back to the truck with only slightly damp feet. Just a few hours out in the beauty of God's creation did us both some good. I look forward to doing some hiking with both of my daughters sometime next Spring. (Click on photos to enlarge.)