Haw Creek Falls Campground
April 3, 2004

When the weather finally decided to cooperate for a weekend, I thought Haw Creek Falls would be a good early spring campground choice given it's proximity to Pack Rat Falls, Pam's Grotto, and Pedestal Rocks.
As soon as we stepped out of the truck we could hear the rushing of the falls and the creek. It sure was going to be a great sound to sleep by! The sky was blue and the sun warm, and there were enough leaves on the trees to make a partial shade.
Here and there were patches of lavender Blue Phlox, tiny white stars with pink stripes called Spring Beauty, and more Triliums than I've ever seen in one place. The red star flowers are called Fire Pink, the blue ones are Bird's-Foot Violets, and the strings of purplish-white flowers are Wood Vetch. I shot the end of a Redbud tree limb with its distinctive purplish-pink flowers. In the background was a pretty shrub covered with tiny round flowers, but I think it was some cultivated variety because it was next to the road and I never saw another the entire weekend. I also spotted Dutchman's Breeches, yellow Large-Flowered Bellwort, and Jack-In-The-Pulpit, but I didn't snap any photos of them.
Once we set up camp, Stacey dug out a big rubber snake and we all started making plans on how to scare Brad with it once he arrived a little later with Darrel and Wanda. Afterwards I scurried up the drainage below Pack Rat Falls to survey the amount of water there. I got far enough up to see several beautiful cascades, then turned around to go tell the others. They were down at Haw Creek Falls taking in the view. By that time Darrel and Wanda had shown up to spend the afternoon with us.
James, Melinda, Brad, Cait, Callie, Cory, Stacey, Grant and I headed up to see Pack Rat Falls, while Darrel and Cliff stayed in camp. I brought our video camera to see if I might could make a movie out of the footage. It probably took us 20 minutes to make it to the falls. Once there we all just sat there and enjoyed the waterfall for a while. The only pictures I have of the trip are some grainy images captured from the video camera. I learned three things from the videotaping experiment: 1) You need to use a tripod to keep the camera still; 2) It's better to go alone to avoid your buddies talking in the background or getting into the  background of your picture; 3) I need a better camcorder.
Still, I put together a couple of small videos of the trip up to Pack Rat Falls and of Haw Creek Falls. You can see them by clicking the thumbnail images at the bottom of this page. You'll need QuickTime (free) installed on your computer.