Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.
What a great place to camp, hike, and explore. Although the weather forecast was quite grim, we decided to chance it. I'm so glad we did. Cool temperatures and a few gentle rains made for a perfect weekend to enjoy campfires, hiking, and fun times together.
We felt right at home, as it felt exactly like an August weekend in Alaska.
There are tons of hiking and biking trails in this park. We went for a five-mile hike on Saturday, which included a visit to an 1800's farmstead.
Angel Falls Rapid. It has some interesting history. Apparently some fisherman in the 50's decided to blast a rock in the river in order to improve fishing and boating; however, instead of improving the river for these purposes, it created a very precarious, class III-IV rapid with a dangerous undercut. Many people have lost their lives in these rapids, by missing the portage or by disregarding the "strong encouragement to portage." It's very beautiful, though, much more impressive than a camera records. Our 11-year-old insists, "It's a good thing those fishermen blasted it."
After viewing those beautiful rapids, we turned around and headed back to make lunch, enjoying the river along the way.