I have been to Horsetail Falls probably nine or ten times before, yet I (surprisingly) had never been to the very bottom of the falls before. From the spot of my previous photo (of the upper falls) there is still one more drop below that, a 35 foot cascade. After shooting the main upper section first, I set out to remedy this calamity on my way back down. There is a path through the bushes leading down to this lower section but the final part is a bit on the steep and slippery side. I decided I could butt slide down it because it was not really too bad and I was pretty sure I could easily get back up since there were plenty of bushes to grab onto (and indeed it was easy getting back up). Well I made it down and imagine my surprise when I found a waterwheel here (a waterwheel is formed when the fast rushing water collides with rocks or holes, then sprays out and upwards in a large arc). I had no idea Horsetail Falls had a waterwheel. I have never seen any photos from this location before but it is certainly an incredibly sweet place. Discover something new every time, that may be my new motto.
I took some photos but I was not happy with them, so I returned here again the next week (yesterday), anxious to explore this area more intently. There was actually quite a bit more water flowing in the waterfall than the previous week, and more bugs (but not mosquitoes). Strange. Anyway, I put my water shoes on so I could make my way down right to the bottom of the falls, then crossed over the rocks to the far side, as far as I could possibly get. The stream was rushing too fast to cross completely or even get in the middle of it, but I was able to get some fantastic perspectives. This is an amazing secret little spot. So remarkable. So beautiful. Who would’ve thunk that Horsetail Falls had so much more to offer. Once again, I was the last one off the mountain, and I returned home happy happy happy.