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Appalachian Excursion in 2005!

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I cannot overstate how slippery these rocks are. As you imagine facing this bald, meditate on the fact that the rock slope behind you drops steeply for another 50 slippery meters. If you were to slip, you would bump and tumble down the rock, become airborne on a few of the steeper waterfall sections, crack crucial body parts on your multiple landings, until you would ultimately be deposited broken and crumpled in the foamy pool at the bottom of the bald. I'm guessing you would probably get wedged, unconcious and drowning, beneath the exposed tree roots or stump in the pool. This is a treacherous site!

I would not have been able to get to this vantage point to take this photograph if Mandy hadn't been with me. And even with her present, there were a number of times I looked at some place I wanted to explore and just said, "Nah, it's not worth it!" A treacherous site indeed!

Do you see that bright white patch of water at the far right side of this photograph? Do you see the little patch of vegetation growing at the water's edge just above the white patch? To the left of that downed, grey tree trunk?

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Revised: October 2007
©Barry Rice, 2005