Hiking To Great Falls

The temperature has dropped, icicles have formed, water has hardened, and suddenly there is a new feel and look to this waterfall.

Great Falls, Hamilton

Every step that I took was the pace of a sloth fearing that the paper ice I was on would turn into a Canadian polar bear plunge experience. The water certainly wasn’t the shade of the bluest blues. It was more like a smoothie blended with dirty water and soil that occasionally would make me gag. Certain areas make you inhale the odor of rotten eggs, with some distance it then becomes a fresh of breath air.

Great Falls, Hamilton

As I turned the corner, I was greeted by an ice cave that looked nothing like what I had seen before. It was different, small, and it certainly made me feel claustrophobic. Everytime I lifted my feet off the sheet of ice, I would slip. It didn’t take too long for me to learn that the best way to move around was to drag my feet and slide… yeah it sounds a little silly. I might’ve gone back home with a few bruises, but at that moment, it was nice to feel like a kid again.

Great Falls, Hamilton

As I stood directly behind the waterfall, I realize how amazing nature can be. Sometimes it is hard to believe that the weather can produce such cool ice caves.

Great Falls, HamiltonThe scene looked great in every direction I turned, but when I looked up, I was greeted with numerous icicles in every dimension. Short, medium, long, it was all there.

Great Falls, Hamilton

Great Falls, Hamilton

Great Falls starts to come alive when the natural blues take over the airwaves nearby. The monstrous Great Falls looks enormously powerful and standing beside them makes you feel defeated. That is when you start to feel a sense of self-doubt.

About Fionn Luk

Fionn is an adventure seeker that is attracted to danger. She is always on a mission to wander around the globe curiously. Whether it will be hiking to the bottom of Grand Canyon, swimming with whale sharks, or finishing the World’s Toughest Mudder, she will always be there with her camera(s) in her hands, a smile on her face and butterflies in her stomach. Oh, and did she forget to mention that she is also a foreign Piña Colada drinker?

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