Thursday, September 30, 2010

Nooksack Falls and Racehorse Falls

While our son and daughter-in-law were here we had hoped to do some sightseeing, but the day we planned (Monday, September 20) turned out to be very wet and rainy and so we only made a brief excursion.  We had intended to go back up to Artist's Point near Mount Baker, but only went as far as Nooksack Falls.  The stop there, though it was raining, was worthwhile, since there was more water coming over the falls than we had ever seen.

After a brief stop there we headed back down along the North Fork of the Nooksack River and then crossed the river and followed it back up a short way to another little-known location well off the beaten track, Racehorse Falls.  The falls are named for an opening that looks like the head of a racehorse, only visible when the creek that feeds the falls is low.

It was very wet there also and we were not able to get all the way to the falls after a short scramble over fallen trees, and other debris carried down by Racehorse Creek.  We did get a few pictures, though of some unusual fungi, of the autumn leaves and of the falls, though we had to be satisfied with a distant view.  By the time we left it was raining hard and we headed back home.

Taken earlier in the year, this last photo shows the falls with a great deal less water.  Can you spot the racehorse?

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