Finding Hidden Waterfalls with Friends

Hidden Waterfalls - Ontario

Hi there! Today I wanted to share some photos from a recent adventure to some hidden waterfalls with one of my best friends and share some life rambles! The other weekend the forecast called for more rain (we have had so much rain!) and we were feeling a bit restless so we decided to head over to my favourite hidden waterfall to go for a swim and take some photos. We got so lucky and had a couple hours of unexpected sun before the rain rolled back in that evening.

Hidden Waterfalls - Ontario

Hidden Waterfalls - Ontario

Hidden Waterfalls - Ontario

It was so much fun to play in the hidden waterfalls and really made us feel like kids again. We climbed all around the waterfalls and soaked in the small pool of water. It was such a fun road trip and we laughed so much at our swimsuit malfunctions, slippery steps, and makeshift change room. It is so easy nowadays to stay inside, but I think that adventures like this are the substance of life and are amazing bonding opportunities with friends.

Hidden Waterfalls - Ontario

Hidden Waterfalls - Ontario

I also forgot to pack my tripod and filters on this trip (like always) and so we tried doing some handheld long exposure photos of the waterfalls. As you can see from some of them, there is a little shake but not bad considering we were standing on slippery rocks soaking wet! I know I should just always pack all of my camera gear, but sometimes I get so excited about the adventure that I forget about the small details.

Hidden Waterfalls - Ontario

Hidden Waterfalls - Ontario

On another note – I posted one of these pictures to Instagram and Facebook last week and got a lot of public/private questions asking me for the location of these hidden waterfalls. I have always been conflicted about the line between writing about amazing travel experiences and exploiting a photographic locations. Some locations that I loved as a child now have huge crowds with many people taking selfies for social media. I will be the first to admit that I am equally at fault for promoting some popular tourist destinations, which encourages overcrowding at these locations. But on the other hand, I believe that people should have the opportunity to experience the beauty of Canada, especially if they are willing to venture into the outdoors.

My current philosophy (right or wrong) is that if a place is not geo-tagged or commonly found on social media, then I do not link to it in my photos; I just link the surrounding area and let others discover it for themselves. That way it can be rugged and empty for the next person to stumble across it. For other more well known locations, I don’t mind linking to those destinations and giving people tips for their travels. These are just my personal perspectives and rambles on travel adventures and social media!

Hidden Waterfalls - Ontario

Hidden Waterfalls - Ontario

Thanks again for reading along and your support! Don’t forget to check out some other amazing locations in Kingston here and here!

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