Shacktown Falls

United States
May 31, 2017 11:00am CST
There is a waterfall around thirty minutes from me that used to be quite a stop to hang out and have fun. It was mostly quiet when we went, maybe one or two other groups of people there when we would arrive. We mostly kept to ourselves, but not out of any sense of fear or impolite behavior. The majority of the time, we were leaving as they were coming or vice versa. There was one time that we were still there at the falls when a new group came. It was a group of maybe five fellows to us four girls (and our obligatory gay friend.. I jest..). They seemed friendly enough, though I have always been the more reserved amongst my group of friends - some of which have now turned acquaintances. I digress. The day was hot and so we spent the majority of the time in the waters instead of just hanging out at it's edges as was our usual norm. We watched as the fellows embarked on a curious task of climbing up the falls. Now this was not an easy endeavor by any means, but they managed and then called out for us to come and join them. I held my position at the back of the group, and so was the last to grab the outstretched hand of the fellow above me. I did manage to grab it, but only for a fleeting moment before I found myself propelled backwards, my poor bum and hips scraping against each rock and bramble along the way. The final jolt was when I landed at the bottom, but by this time I was just happy to be alive. I smiled up at my concerned friends and managed a laugh. "You know what?" I said. "I think I"ll just stay down here." We haven't gone back to that waterfall in years. A friend of mine tells me it's not what it used to be and is surrounded by more n'eer do wells now.
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31 May
Yikes! We have no waterfalls in my neck of the woods. It's too flat. :(
• United States
31 May
This is the only one that I know of around here. The majority of others are two hours or more away. I live in a considerably flat area myself.
• , New York
1 Jun
None in mines neither.
@Courtlynn (58645)
• United States
31 May
Oh jeez
@Courtlynn (58645)
• United States
31 May
• , New York
1 Jun
That sounds like the good ole fun days. Things seem to be much differnt now.
• United States
1 Jun
They definitely are much different. More responsibilities, less time to enjoy nature..
• United States
31 May
Oh dear you were fortunate not to have bashed your head open. But lovely falls are so beautiful there. Too bad it has changed or you could go back and not fall this time.
• United States
31 May
THere are plenty others to explore around the state. This one isn't the most beautiful, by far. Yes I am glad I didn't bash my head in. I slid down, mostly and protected my head as best I could.
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@Corbin5 (89288)
• United States
31 May
Oh, you did have a nasty fall. Glad you stayed on the ground after that!
• United States
31 May
Yes. I had a nasty bruise, several cuts, and a sore bum for some time after. My friends didn't stay very long at the top, luckily, and we soon went home after that. All these years later (about 10) I wonder if the guy didn't do it on purpose. I wouldn't think so, as his reaction seemed genuine. I guess it's just something for me to ponder.
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