Memorial Day was our chosen time to tackle some hiking. It was a beautiful day for getting some exercise in the mountains! Erich, a friend from church and co-worker of Jonathan's, suggested hiking Crabtree Falls and joined our family for the adventure. Here we are at the very top of the falls, 2 miles up the trail. The view of the valley, and the fact that some of us hadn't been hiking in awhile, was breath-taking. :)
Crabtree Falls is known as the tallest vertical drop waterfall east of the Mississippi, located in Montebello, VA. Our family had hiked part of this trail many years ago, but we did it more justice this time around. Along the trail there were several stopping-points where you could see different cascading sections of the falls. At left is shown the Lower portion of Crabtree Falls, where Mom sat on a bench knitting until the rest of us returned! You could feel the coolness of the water just standing there watching.
The trail included about 9 switchbacks and many large rocky formations. This photo (courtesy of Jonathan) is of the Upper portion of the falls where the trail starts breaking out of the woods. It was quite an enjoyable and invigorating hike, and we were all glad we made it to the top! We drove home in time for the arrival of more friends, a cookout, and an evening talking and playing games.