Catch up on the rest of the series here!
It was pretty cool to see, but everyone and their grandmother thought that too so it was pretty crowded, even though it was the middle of the week and the rest of mammoth had been pretty much deserted.
We had initially intended on having lunch down at the waterfall's pool, but I had managed to strain my hip at some point along the hike so I didn't trust myself to navigate a bazillion stairs. Instead, we hiked another mile down to Lower Falls, which was outside the "national monument" classification and therefore was less groomed and thus, less occupied. Sure enough, we had an entire valley to ourselves!
The hike itself ws lovely, but the destination was spectacular, made better by the fact that we shared it with no one. Lower Falls was the way to go, for sure.
We found a cool shaded spot within view of the waterfall and bathing pool before it and opened up our picnic. It was pretty clear that our pup was pretty much toast at this point! Poor thing had been going nonstop all week. We rested for a good long while to make sure she was good to make the remainder of our hike back.
Once we'd climbed out of the valley, though, I'll admit that we had to take a bus the remaining half mile to our car, because all three of us were pooped!