Smith Creek trail to Anna Ruby Falls 10 miles
HOLY COBWEBS!!! It really sucks to be the first person on the trail in the morning. I’m really thankful for Jim. He always goes first to clear the trail for me. Today I had to do it myself. Yuck!!
Mom, Berkley and I start the trail about 8am. I was uncomfortable because my pack was to heavy on my shoulders. It didn’t have a hip belt and I was carrying 2 camp chairs for Mom and I to sit in once we reached the falls. This was Mom’s first hike and it was a fairly long one so I wanted to make sure she had a place to sit down and rest once we reached the falls.
The journey up to the falls went pretty well. Mom debated turning around at one point when she encounter some boulders that she had to climb over, but conqured that fear and continued on.
Once we got to the top of the falls Mom realized that she had previously been there with Dad. That was pretty cool. We sat and relaxed by the falls enjoying a meal that I had re-hydrated. It was a beautiful and very enjoyable day.
Mom decided to hike back down the trail with me rather than have me come pick her back up at the falls. She was really enjoying being outside hiking in the mountains. She must have thanked me 5 times already for dragging her along.
On the way down the trail we ended up helping a family that hiked out from the falls thinking the Smith Creek Trail was a loop trail. They were 2 miles down the trail when one of the teenage daughters thong sandal broke. They only had 2 small bottles of water with them and defiantly not prepared or dressed for a 5 mile hike. I had some sports tape with us so we taped the shoe to her foot and told them if they wanted to continue down I could drive them back up to the falls where their car was. They opted to continue down rather than hike back up. I think that was my first little bit of trail magic that I have given to any one. It made me feel good to help.