Oh, good – We’ve been hearing thunder for hours now and Polly is cowering and shaking under my desk.
Note the bridge; you’ll see it again later.
What’s three times better than a single waterfall? As soon as we climbed over the guardrail and onto on the Triple Falls trail we saw large plants, roots wrapped in burlap, lining the trail near the highway. Hmm…
We hiked to the crest of Triple Falls, and it was lovely. It was also devoid of other people, because all the sane ones had already headed back down the trail. The sky had turned black and thunder rumbled closer and closer.
When The Man finally finished taking pictures, we started back down the trail in the rain, dragging 60 pounds of terrified dog. By the time we got to the road, lightning was crashing all around us. This was not the smartest time to cross a bridge.
So we climbed down under the bridge to ride out the storm. Pretty soon a couple of ATVs pulled up under the bridge next to us and two guys started grabbing the plants by their root balls and loading them on the ATVs.
Turns out The Hunger Games was being filmed in the DuPont State Forest and apparently Mother Nature hadn’t put out quite enough greenery for the movie’s post-apocalyptic vision (I haven’t read The Hunger Games yet so I might be misrepresenting the scenario here.) The woods looked just fine to me: lovely, dark and deep – but I’m a writer, not a cinematographer, so maybe Lionsgate really did need those extra rhododendrons.
Eventually half a dozen other guys showed up under the bridge. They were part of the film crew rather than the landscape crew and the pecking order was clear. The head guy was wearing probably a thousand bucks worth of Patagonia and North Face gear. The other younger, scruffier guys shuffled around trying to impress him, nodding and chuckling whenever he said anything.
The rain came down like crazy for about an hour. Can you tell how wet it was? These individual rivulets were gushing out of the bridge drainage holes. Oh, yeah, and we had hail, too.
When we got home from our trip, I found this on YouTube and realized that if we’d tried to hike to Triple Falls a day earlier, we would have been stuck in traffic like everyone else and out of luck.