Category Archives: North Carolina

A Walk to Pearson Falls


Over the past 16 months, I’ve spent more time driving than I think I have at any other point in my life. This has been due to 2 factors – where I live, and Isaiah.

I have also experienced a LOT of anxiety around his naps, and would get so overwhelmed trying to plan out and control our schedule and his sleep. The fact that it takes at least an hour to get anywhere (except the good grocery store, which is half an hour, ha-ha!) usually worked to my benefit. I was able to time driving to where we wanted to go with his morning nap, and driving home for his afternoon nap. Most of the time I would take the “scenic” route to get the longest possible nap out of him.

This has given me the opportunity to see much more of this beautiful land than I otherwise would have.

One of those such days, Isaiah and I had been out exploring the town of Saluda with my Mom. After a delicious meal at The Purple Onion I knew Isaiah was at the end of his awake time and we needed to get going.

When we left I decided to take the scenic route instead of I-26, so we headed off on 176. Wow, that has been my favorite drive to date! Maybe it was the golds, reds and greens of fall, but it was a stunning drive. Along the way we saw a sign for Pearson Falls.

Due to my need to control Isaiah’s naps, I refused to stop (lest he wake up and then all hell break loose, at least in my head) but noted that I wanted to return and explore.

A few weeks later family was in town for Thanksgiving and to celebrate Isaiah’s 1st birthday, and a day out in nature was suggested.

So to Pearson Falls we went!

It turns out that Pearson Falls is part of a botanical preserve comprised of 268 acres, maintained by The Tryon Garden Club, a non-profit organization. There was about a ¼ mile walk to the 90 ft. falls. It was fairly easy, but it was uphill most of the way. I took some photos on our hike, but the leaves were all gone, and while it was beautiful to walk there and be with nature, the few photos I took left much to be desired.

As we were leaving however, I looked up and something about the scene before me caught my breath. So this is what I share with you today. A little (or a lot) unconventional, but it’s the best representation of me that day.

This style is also part of an ongoing project I’ve been working on the past few years; you’ll be seeing more of it!

Have you ever unexpectedly ended up driving (or walking or biking) an unexpected place that left you feeling in awe of the beauty?


A Walk to Hooker Falls



There are so many crazy beautiful places to hike here in Western North Carolina. When we moved I was big and preggo, so we didn’t get to explore much. Once Isaiah was born, we were able to get out here and there, but not as much as we’d hoped. We’re really looking forward to getting more exposure to nature as he gets older. Last fall we wanted to get out, but wanted a shorter hike. We had been to Hooker Falls in the Dupont State Recreational Forest many years ago, and remembered how pretty it was, so we decided to go there. It was the tail end of fall color season and we were able to enjoy a small amount of it. The Blue Ridge Parkway is a huge attraction in the fall because the mountains are just stunning in their golds, ambers and greens.

If you’re in the area and looking for an easy hike with a beautiful waterfall at the end, this is definitely it. Afterwards we picked up carry-out from Flat Rock Village Bakery in Flat Rock. It was about a 10-15 minute drive from Hooker Falls. They have delicious pizza, and I believe the BEST chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had.

Drop me a comment if you’ve been, or if you go, to let me know what you thought of the hike!