Last weekend I finally got to participate in a hike with the SNL crew. I am always busy doing photography things on Saturdays, and with kickball on Sundays, I get left out. But I was off Memorial Day weekend, and the crew headed up to the stunning Blue Ridge Parkway for the 1.7 mile hike up Crabtree Falls.
Let’s start with the drive itself: we rolled down our windows partially out of necessity, since my air conditioning doesn’t work, but also out of pure enjoyment. Josh drove, and I relaxed. It was quite a trek out there, but it was a beautiful drive with lush green trees and a shady, winding road.
We met the rest of the crowd at the hike and loaded up on bug spray. I got attacked by mosquitos last week — to the tune of 27 bites on my legs. It was brutal. It turns out they don’t sell my cure-all bug bite cream, After Bite, in the U.S., so I spent about two days in misery before we finally found something that worked to make the itching stop.
We headed up the trail after packing our backpacks, setting up cameras and filling water bottles. The base of the falls was incredible, but it kept going up and up. Each stop was more stunning than the last. We ended up following a family with three fluffy dogs, all trekking through mud. By the time we were at the top, they were no longer white. It was hilarious.
On the way, we stopped and climbed on some rocks. I took a ton of pictures (obviously) and we rested a while on the flat rocks at the top before deciding we were all too hungry to hang around. On the way down, we saw the cutest chihuahua lugging a backpack up (we were pretty sure it had two cans of beer on either side).
Back at the parking lot, we had a picnic before heading off our separate ways; us trying unsuccessfully to camp with a few others.
It was an awesome day, I can’t wait to finish Humpback Rocks after Josh and me’s failed attempt a few months ago when it was still frozen.