As most of you know, I love hiking and chasing waterfalls. About two years ago, I realized there are waterfalls all over Ohio even though cities with names like Cuyahoga FALLS, Chagrin FALLS, Newton FALLS...etc never helped me to make this connection until I started looking for waterfalls. Ever since then, I've made it my mission to see as many waterfalls in Ohio...and I think I'm doing a pretty fine job.
The final day of January, the weather in Ohio was spectacular. Mid fifties with a little bit of wind. Not normal temperatures for this time of year. And when there is nice weather, you better believe that me and SJ are on some sort of outdoor adventure. We ventured to the Wilmont area to see Dundee Falls. I'd seen this one before however, after I went, I learned there was another one in the same area...unfortunately, I couldn't find anything via internet research, so I headed to Dundee Falls.
We went prepared for muddy ground, and I even grabbed the hiking stick which as been residing in my trunk for the last year. I never use hiking sticks, and the only reason why I have this hiking stick is because a friend I used to go hiking with a lot, preferred hiking with sticks, and I kept it in my trunk since I usually drove to the place we'd hike.
I prefer to have free hands when I walk, however, I knew it was going to be super muddy, so I grabbed the stick. About 1/8 of a mile in, I started regretting the hiking stick. I needed free hands! I needed to be able to grab branches while I climbed instead of holding on to a stick. Stick or not, we made it safely to Dundee Falls.
We ventured down the stream for a while but decided we would go back and drive to the other parking spot to find the other waterfall. According to SJ, if it took her friend Shawn 6 months to find it, there was no way we were going to find it on our first attempt. Instead, we climbed up the side of the ledge and admired the view.
I didn't take my "real" camera with me for this hiking adventure which turned out to be a major bummer. However, I did take my tripod claw thingy...as I like to call it. I don't really know what it's called, but it's an tripod for an iphone with gripper legs.I found it useful to wrap it around branches and take yoga selfies on my last hike, so I brought it along for this adventure. SJ and I found a really pretty spot to do a random photo shoot and I pulled out my tripod claw thingy. I looked around for a branch to hook it on, but there was nothing near where we were...however, I did have my hiking stick!
"Perfect, this will work!' I twisted the claw on the stick and was ready to go, but SJ was in tears from laughing.
"You just made a selfie stick!!!!!"
And then we laughed for the next ten minutes.
We're pretty sure this is what actually happened when someone invented the selfie stick. The hiking stick was no longer used for hiking, just for photos.
And it worked great!
We ventured back to the car and took a left, and then another left, as Shawn had told SJ. These were our directions to get to the other parking lot...only we quickly discovered, this wasn't accurate. We drove around trying to figure out where to go next. We knew nothing would be marked because nothing about this place is marked. No trails, no parking signs, nothing. It really is one of those, if you don't know where you are going, you'll never find it places.
Yet, somehow we found it. (For the record, Shawn would have been right if SJ would have told him how we got to the first one....because from where we were at the second spot, it was a left and then another left to get back to where we started...)
And boy, we were glad we did.
Talk about breathtaking!
We climbed back behind the frozen waterfall and felt the ice cold water that was melting drip over our hands. It was magical!
And then, we pulled out the selfie stick and took some more pictures...of us laughing... because it's still funny.