It may have been a gloomy day on the mountain, but something was shining. It must have been that new ring on Laura Brake's finger. She and her boyfriend, Kevin Strausbaugh, hiked up for the day. While enjoying the view from the back porch, Kevin went down on one knee and whipped out a ring box. You can tell by the huge smiles, and the ring on her finger, that Laura said yes. They met a year ago in Yellowstone National Park. He soon moved from Oregon to Tennessee to be with her. I find it only fitting that they got engaged in another National Park. Congratulations, Kevin and Laura. It made my day to witness the exciting moment.
The rain held off for the day, but it remained cloudy. I am afraid we are not going to be so lucky today. They are calling for thunderstorms all around us. I am sure we will get some of that rain.
I am getting a lot of questions about Rainbow Falls trail. As I said in an earlier post, we are suggesting for people to not use Rainbow when there is chance of heavy rain. The problem is the creek crossing just above the falls. It appears that the flow of the creek has shifted which creates a massive amount of water at the crossing area. When we receive heavy rain on the mountain, it causes high water in that area. It can be unsafe to cross. If it is a dry day, go ahead and use Rainbow. We are suggesting people use Bullhead when there is any chance of heavy rain.
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