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Old Jan 3, 2011, 7:17 AM   #1
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Default Christmas Hike #3 - Frozen Falls

Just one more of our many family & friends hikes during the Christmas holidays...
Our plan was to visit several waterfalls in Cherokee National Forest, in the Round Knob area. Of course, we chose one of the coldest days of the vacation to head out - first up Dry Creek.
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Old Jan 3, 2011, 7:19 AM   #2
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We walked through plenty of fine, deep snow in a lush wintry landscape...
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Old Jan 3, 2011, 7:21 AM   #3
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Not sure why it's called "Dry Creek." Have never seen it even close to dry!
On this wintry day, it was quite full, and full of amazing ice formations too.
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It was quite lovely, but the creek crossings were treacherous - it was a choice of stepping into icy water, or walking on ice-covered rocks...
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One of the (2-legged) members of the group fell in while trying to help a (4-legged) friend somewhere pretty close to this slippery part of the creek.
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Old Jan 3, 2011, 7:25 AM   #6
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Because of that spill into the very cold water, we decided to cut this hike a bit short. We did go on up to Margarette Falls...
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but did not continue on up to Bailey Falls, or out Davis Creek to Mary's Falls, as we had planned. Will try to return there on a warmer day...
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Old Jan 3, 2011, 7:28 AM   #8
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All the frozen travellers are safe and dry at home now, with good memories, and boots on the drying rack!

Hope you enjoyed this chilly hike, and that you will share your comments & critique!
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Just awesome, Mole.
The ice formation in the last two shots are really cool!
I recognized Margarette Falls, even with the snow and ice. sure does look different though.
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the last two remind me of an old busch gardens ride called Questor

beautiful series
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