Now, while stumbling into the Salt Cave and Pink Himalayan Salt lamp boutiques in Asheville were a complete coincidence, visiting multiple waterfalls were intentional from the beginning. Interested in the health benefits of breathing in negative ions, I decided to visit some of North Carolina's most majestic waterfalls: High Falls, Looking Glass Falls, Sliding Rock, Mingo Falls and Triple Falls. There are almost zero places better than getting your fix of negative ions than at the bed of a misty waterfall. This source place of persistent power mixed in with misty negative ions is primal ground for both physical and figurative inspiration. It's the perfect place to breathe and dream. Especially during the mornings of the winter months, when very few people bother to visit these exploding waterfalls and, instead, leave them all to you.
Since we're on the subject of falling water and Nature, I might as well take you on a relevant white water tangent of thought. As I busily observed these waterfalls, a peculiar notion I've been intrigued by for some years palpably came back to mind. In an early 1990's interview for the psychedelic brain-candy book, Mavericks of the Mind, the author, David Jay Brown, sat down with the legendary chaos and dynamical systems theorist, Ralph Abraham, to talk about a fun-bag of interesting topics including mathematics, mythology, psychedelics, dynamics, ancient cultures, white water, dolphins, Dionysian rituals, Eros and Chaos (among many other seemingly chaotic topics). Below is a small excerpt of the fascinating interview. If you'd like to read the interview in its entirety check out the full interview with Ralph Abraham: Chaos and Life. Although I really suggest you take it a step further and purchase a copy of Mavericks of the Mind. Just make sure you read it with caution; it might blow your circuitry.