When planning our little day trip up to the the Blue Ridge Parkway, I wanted to make sure
we went on a good hike; one we hadn't been on before and preferably involving a waterfall.
A quick google search told me there was a nice little walk to some falls right in the town of Little Switzerland, which was our first stop on our Blue Ridge adventure. The falls were on somebody's property, but they didn't mind visitors, and since it wasn't a tourist attraction, there wasn't anybody else on the trail!
A little while down the path and we reached the falls! It wasn't quite what we expected, we thought the path would lead to the falls, not past it. We could have probably climbed down to get to them, but after the two weeks of rain that has just bombarded us, it looked a bit too muddy.
So we decided to continue on down the path and see what else we could discover.
There was a nice break in the rain, and the sun shined through the tree canopies, turning everything a bright, lush, golden green.
It was especially pretty since the trees were just beginning to change color.
We walked and walked until we discovered an abandoned plot of land where a house once stood. After that we walked and walked some more, and then realized we were going to have a long and hard walk back if we didn't turn around soon.
On our way back we stopped to admire the pretty stream and I spotted what I thought was a little plastic toy, but on closer inspection...
It was a cute little red newt!
He was very friendly and didn't mind hanging out.
I just wanted to put him in my pocket and take him home.
We had so much fun on our hike! I definitely want to go back and do it again some day.