Recently, I received an e-mail from Steve Smith, shortly after 8 AM. He apologized for the short notice, but asked if I'd be interested in joining him for a bushwhack on that very day to explore the Little Tunnel Brook Ravine.
Having such short notice was not a problem. However, it would be a problem for me to gather things together and be out the door in a timely manner. Not wanting to holdup Steve, I declined his offer. But, in a most generous gesture of kindness, he offered to delay his start time and wait for me. And so, with a very late morning start, we headed off for Little Tunnel Brook Ravine.
Before going any further with this narration, I strongly urge you to read Steve's Blog report which contains terrific background information, as well as a truly excellent description and photo-documentation of our adventure! Click HERE for Steve's report.
Since Steve's report is so thorough and complete, there is very little that I can add in terms of narrative or photos. Therefore, perhaps the best approach is to merely present a few of the snapshots that I took during our trek. These images might serve to further emphasize the beauty that we experienced at various points along the way.
Upon accessing the northern end of the ravine from an old logging road, we traveled along the banks of Little Tunnel Brook as we trekked southward toward the headwall.
|Scene along Little Tunnel Brook near the beginning of our trek|
|Steve photographing one of the many picturesque scenes as we wandered up the ravine|
|As we climbed higher up the valley floor, the cascades gradually became higher|
|Eventually, the cascades became not only higher, but more abundant and pervasive|
|And then, we reached the 'grand prize' located high up on the headwall of the ravine|
The 'grand prize' cascade is probably about 100-ft high, and although this torrent of water is quite striking, it is unnamed!
After we finished our trek, Steve and I drove to the same spot that he had visited earlier in the day before we met up. From a high bank along the road near the junction of Rt. 112 and Rt. 116, we could look back at the area where we had bushwhacked. I was truly astonished that our 'grand prize' cascade could be seen off in the distance, about 3 miles away from where we were standing. (In the next photo, the red arrow points to the cascade.)
|Our 'grand prize' cascade as viewed from a high roadside bank near Rts. 112 and 116|
For any reader who might be unfamiliar with the location of our bushwhack adventure, perhaps the map shown below might be of some use. As a further point of reference, this location is about 8 miles west of I-93 (Lincoln /North Woodstock).
|Map showing the general location of our bushwhack|
To sum it up, I must say that this day turned out to be a surprise in the truest sense of the word. When I woke up in the morning, I had no idea that later in the day I would be trekking into the remarkable Little Tunnel Brook Ravine, and witnessing the awesome beauty of a huge cascade. Life is full of surprises!