The day threatened rain all along, but in the end, only drizzled on us toward the end. That made it damp and cool all day: good hiking weather.
We parked our vehicles at the Cataract Missionary Baptist Church and hiked on up to the State Recreation Area. We stopped to explore the lower falls. Then we stopped again to explore the upper falls. Crossing the covered bridge, we hiked on around to the north side of Mill Creek, where we stopped to investigate the upper falls from the other side. And we stopped there for lunch.
As we got going again, I pointed out that we had covered 2 1/2 miles in two hours before lunch. If we were going to get 7 1/2 more miles in, we would have to resist the urge to stop and investigate everything. The crew buckled down to some serious hiking.
My camera battery died at lunch, so no pix from later on in the day. But it went well. We made good time, played mind games with each other, tended our bruises and blisters, and finally wound up back in Cataract about 6 1/2 hours after setting out. All in all, a good day spent hiking with friends.