By Ceaira Stuart & 이주희 (Lee Juhee)
Is a trip really a trip if it doesn't start off with some sort of slight inconvenience? When we arrived at Burney Falls, we were met with some panic as the person who takes the payment for parking had quit earlier that day. We were afraid we would have to turn around and return to the campus because we didn't have cash! But thankfully Chelsea and Tabitha were able to think of a solution, and everything worked out in the end. Our adventure officially started off with ice cream, which more than made up for the delay!
The waterfall is said to have been bought by the 19th century MacArthur's family to protect nature and donated it to the government. So the name is MacArthur Burney Falls Memorial Park.
The sound of falling water and rising water fog keep you cool.
The trek down to the falls itself was rather uneventful. I expected more of a hike, but it was quick to get to our destination. The scenery was breathtaking! There was so much green everywhere. It was such a pleasant break from city life.
One of the things that surprised me the most was the stark temperature drop the closer we got to the falls. Obviously it's a given that getting closer to a body of water would make your surroundings cooler, but the drop was so sudden! It felt like at least a 10 degree difference. The closer you go to the water itself, fine mist was sprayed on you from the falls. The water itself was absolutely freezing, but there were several brave souls who took the plunge into the icy depths and had a blast!
The climb down to the water was a little daunting, but with some help and careful foot placement, it was pretty fun! I definitely felt the workout the following day.
“It was a great time to see one of the waterfalls I had to see before I died. It was nice to see the beautiful scenery of nature very closely. The mist rose so high that it was not hot and very cool. It was a great time to feel the beauty of Mother Nature.”
“I had a really fun time at the Falls! Even though I opted out of going in the water, I enjoyed seeing everyone else experience the biting cold.”
“Overall, both of us had a lot of fun in this program! We would both love to do this program again. We made a lot of great friends and great memories! ♥”
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