Below the main falls is another, smaller falls, accessible by sliding down a steep bank. After climbing (nearly hand over hand) up the bank on the other side, I found myself nearly eyeball to eyeball with a Pileated woodpecker. Not sure which of us was more surprised, but the woodpecker was the only one of us who could take wing. As I hiked the mile back to the car, the Pileated seemed to keep company part of the way, appearing on one side, then another.
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