Painting is just another way of keeping a diary ~Pablo Picasso
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Panther Creek Falls has definitely been one of the most difficult to access falls in the gorge for me. Yesterday was my second attempt to get there. The first was in the winter, but I didn't realize the elevation, didn't have tire chains, and eventually had to give up and turn around because of the snow level. So I waited a good long time for warm weather, and we had a fun family outing to the falls to celebrate the start of summer. There's a nice overlook at the top of the falls, as well as access to the base of the falls from a scary-sounding side path (according to my guidebook), we had to navigate "the steep path that requires some rock-climb moves to get to the lower path". It took me a half hour to get up my nerve to try it, but I eventually scaled a short section of rock, and shimmied down another section with the aid of a climbing rope. It was actually pretty exhilarating! Only to find, once I reached the bottom, that my camera had low battery! I had left my bag behind and strapped my camera on my back for the climb down. My camera managed one shot, but didn't have the juice to process a second shot, hard as I tried. So this was a real Jim Brandenburg event for me, and I'm really thrilled with how my one chance photo turned out! Of course now I want to go back again, with a fully charged battery of course.