Once every couple of years we get the opportunity to explore frozen waterfalls.
Bundle up, walk with caution, and do take the opportunity!
I woke up early this frozen morning of Feb 4th, temperature read a crisp -7* as I was walking out the door.
This is a sight I've been wanting to see for years, but the weather or time or just thinking about the cold temperatures has kept me from doing it.
I arrived at the first fall about an hour after sunrise. The path to the creek was covered with enough snow to add traction but attempting to descend the hill following the normal path down to the falls was nothing but a thick sheet of ice. I slid on my bum about 1/4 of the way down before resigning that that was a terrible idea. Back at the top of the hill I noticed a set of footprints following the hill path, so I followed them over and down to a (sort of) safer way down the slope.
(I feel I should note here, wear lots of layers, proper shoes, and a sturdy hiking pole - all these things make the biggest difference!)
This first fall was pretty solid when I arrived, a light trickling sound behind the ice. After a few loud booms which I assumed were passing trucks, I realized it was the ice crashing down warmed just enough by the morning sun!
The cold began to sting my cheeks (though totally covered) so I went back to the car and warmed up on my way to the second waterfall.
By the time I reached the second fall the sun was gone again and the wind cut across the field sharply. This path was much less icy, even leading to the magical realm that is behind the falls. The water was moving much faster here creating interesting ice sculptures and sounds - check out the video here.
After a couple of hours exploring the frozen falls it was time to warm up and make my way home.
To see a familiar sight in a new light is always a great treat. I'm glad I braved the cold to experience this.
I hope you push yourselves out of your comfort zones and explore somewhere familiar but in a new light.
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Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.