It’s been a long time it seems since the last time I took a good and proper hike. Life sometimes gets so busy that I forget to do the things I need to do. There has been so much going on in my head, that I needed a good long hike to help to start sorting it out. Jonathan Run is hands down my favorite hike. It’s a trail that has captured my heart and my thoughts. A place that I immediately gravitate to. Whether it to be a quick shake down hike for a new piece of gear or the first hike back to clear my head. It’s always wet, muddy, the air crisp under the trees and the entire hike is next to the rushing stream. There is something about the sound of water that calls to me. I pulled into the last spot in the parking lot at the trail head. This always bums me out a little bit. It didn’t take long to get into a good groove, quickly remembering why I loved this trail so much. I did run into a few other hikers. One gentleman with a camera in hand and in sneakers asked me how far the falls were. I never saw him again. I didn’t want to make many stops before I hit the falls. I knew I wanted to spend a lot of time with them. Almost there and a group of people coming the other way stopped and told me the bridge was out. I decided to go check it out for myself. Jonathan Run was high! I could see how it took out the bridge. Apparently there were heavy rains and storms at the park all week prior. The last one, just the day before took out the bridge. A few other hikers made their way to the blown out bridge. We all stood there, looking for ways to get across. I decided to try next to banks, I knew the falls were not that far. But There was another blow down and I couldn’t make my way past. So I thought this would be a perfect time to explore Jonathan Run on the way. I never get to explore the stream. So perfect thought. I spend the rest of the afternoon among the huge boulders and rapids along Jonathan Run. It was perfect. I couldn’t have asked for a better day.
Above is a long exposure shot of the stream at 60 seconds. Below is taken with a polarizer to take away any glare in the water.