Today was hot and humid, with thunderstorms forecast for the afternoon. We decided to go out and walk the falls trail before it got too hot and the storms came in. The sun came out, and I was able to get some nice pictures. But first, the story :-).
High Falls is fed by the Towaliga (pronounced ti-laggi by the locals) River, which is Creek Indian for "roasted scalp"...attractive, huh? According to legend, the Creeks massacred the settlers in the area in the 1800's. Being July, and hot, the scalps began to spoil quickly, so the Creeks took them down to the river to dry or smoke them. hence, the name of the river.
Anyhow, the white folks took over and in 1890 the the Towaliga Falls Power Company began constructing the dam across the river at the head of he falls, forming the High falls lake, and providing electricity to power the cotton mills in nearby Griffin Georgia. The dam formed a 650-acre lake, and is 606 feet long and 35 feet high. The stones used for it's construction were cut from the stream below. The Georgia Power Company operated the dam from 1905 until it's closing in 1958. The dam, lake and surrounding property was then donated to the state in 1966, turning it into the state park that it is today.
The top of the falls, below the dam
The first tier of the falls, and the steepest drop. Notice the feeder falls across the way.
Another view of the steepest drop, from the other side. It doesn't look like a long drop here at the top, but it sure does when viewed from the bottom!
The ruins of the powerhouse used to generate the electricity
Time to cool off down river!
Pretty view of down river, calm and still after the rapids
I liked these flowers, a sign of spring with the falls in the background
We never did get the thunderstorms in the afternoon, but I did manage to finish the book I started weeks ago! And then I continued to work on health insurance options for us, which is one of the last most important things to get settled, (besides the closing on the business!), and since it's Saturday, and a Pizza Hut within 8 miles, off we went to get our $10 pizza for the week :-).
As I said earlier, tomorrow is moving day, and then we'll be settled in Sevierville for a week while we are at the Rally. We have several informational seminars to attend, some fun stuff to do, a whole lot of networking to do...we need to get ourselves introduced in the full-timers world, and workampers world, so that we make connections for the future. We really do intend to keep going as long as we can :-). And I'm very happy the federal government got the budget deal done, so that the Smoky Mountains National Park isn't closed while we're there! I don't know if I'll get a posting done tomorrow, but look for one early in the week as we get settled in there!