Oh, the places I have gone.
the pool at hooker falls

The swimming area at Hooker falls as viewed from the top.

Most families have a default vacation area. The kind of place that takes little planning to visit because most of the possibilities are known. For my family that place is the mountains of North Carolina, in the area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

During the summer of 2008, I was feeling a little adventurous, so I decided to find something new to see and add it to the agenda. After a couple hours of internet research, I came up with Hooker Falls. Unfortunately, no one else in my family was interested in challenging the status quo. So, my girlfriend and I drove over to the falls by ourselves and spent an afternoon there swimming around and taking pictures.

Some advice if you plan to visit.