Betsy got this cake and candles so we could celebrate my birthday in our room at Blackwater State Park Lodge. March 9, 2012. (Photo by Betsy).
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Last Friday was my 70th birthday. I remember thinking that my Dad was old when he turned 70, but I really don’t feel that way about 70 anymore.
Betsy, however, managed to find a subtle way to remind me of my advancing years.
Blowing out the candles on my birthday cake. March 9, 2012. (Photo by Betsy).
The advantage of her subtleness was that it made it easier to blow out all the candles!
Cascade on Falls Run, Blackwater State Park, West Virginia. March 9, 2012. (Photo by Betsy).
But I’m happy to report that earlier in the day I still felt young enough to do some bushwhacking in Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia. Betsy went with me to this pretty cascade on Falls Run, and then she sat guard on a ‘sitting rock’ while I bushwhacked to two waterfalls further down the run. Both were very pretty.
Upper Waterfall on Falls Run, Blackwater State Park, West Virginia. March 9, 2012.
Since there was no trail I had to work my way around and over rocks, boulders, fallen trees and rhododendron. I was able to get fairly close to the Upper Waterfall on Falls Run, and captured this picture. This waterfall is about 17 feet tall.
Lower Waterfall on Falls Run, Blackwater State Park, West Virginia. March 9, 2012.
It was harder to get to the Lower Waterfall on Falls Run. This waterfall is about 30 feet high, but I could never get a clear view of either the very top or the very bottom. This was the best I could do by shooting through a narrow space between two boulders.
Well, that was my big day. We saw more waterfalls that day and I did more bushwhacking, but those pictures and adventures will have to wait for another day. Now I think I could use a nap!