Even though the weather wasn’t spectacular, it was dry and not freezing out which was good enough for me. We headed out to Pack Forest and hiked out to Little Mashel Falls. It was great getting out and moving, and it was even warm enough for shorts and short sleeves. I missed hiking through the fall and winter.
Since it’s still early spring, the trail was a little muddy in some spots, and I’m guessing at least partially due to how close we were to the falls, very muddy in other spots. One steep bit I had to slide/skid down on my hands and my heels, but I managed to avoid filling up my shorts legs with mud! The water fall was really pretty – and I love the sound of the rushing water. We stopped off at the top area of the waterfall, and there were a couple calm spots of water just barely touching the running water – almost like tide pools. One had some bugs in it that were standing on the water’s surface. I checked it out online once we got home, and it turns out they’re “Water Striders”. I took some pictures of the waterfall, but I’d opted to only take my point-and-shoot rather than my DSLR, since it was a cloudy day and we weren’t going to be doing mountain views. We checked out the top of the falls for a bit, hoping that the idiots we could see and hear horsing around towards the bottom would get their butts in gear and leave, but eventually headed down anyway. The trail got pretty soupy towards the bottom, and we discovered why shortly. I knew the bottoms of waterfalls were misty, but it surprised me how quickly we got soaked being near the bottom. It must feel wonderful on a hot summer day, but since it was 60 and overcast, we didn’t linger more than a minute or so! We were going to do some other hiking around, but my legs were wearing out so we headed back to the truck to head home. It was a really pretty hike, and I’d love to see it on a sunny day, but the amount of trash on the trails was sad – even right next to a sign saying “Carry it in, carry it out” somebody had hung an empty Chef Boyardee can off a branch. We may have to bring a trash bag if we go again.
After we got home we still had a good bit of afternoon left, so we put my Jeep up on ramps and I helped Destin install the tow hooks! So if one falls off, it’ll be the driver’s side tow hook 😉 Now my car looks like she’s got tusks if you look closely 😛 We were also able to confirm that my car actually has the wiring harness in place for fog lights – everything online indicated it should be there, but I wanted to make sure before I ordered parts – so I got the fog light assemblies and switch ordered. That one I may actually be able to do by myself! (we’ll see)