Total proof that Chad hiked miles carrying a smooshed box of Dunkin Dount Munchkins. This guys loves doughnuts.
Alum Cave Bluffs. About halfway to the top.
If you have a chance, read about how the mining of the bluffs has created an atmospheric phenomenon - incredibly dry, dusty ground in the middle of lush, humid forest. Its strange and beautiful!
One of the cabins at the lodge. Admittedly, this is a great time to hike to the top because the wildflowers are in full bloom at that elevation!
Proof that we made it and what day it happened!
I love that they do this on the front of the lodge...
Our group - minus Sandy (who was resting? photo taking?) plus J's friend who got us the tickets.
Dinner served family style, delivered by llama.
Potato soup, peach half, roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, cornbread, and a cookie!
It is exactly what you will have if you go!
View from cliff tops. Further proof that I survived. :)
My pink socks and hiking boots. Of course.
My guy - that puts up with a lot.
We went to Cliff Tops to watch the sunset and it was a little cloudy so this is about as much as we got.
Last glimpses of the sun...
This is Rainbow Falls - about halfway back down. Admittedly, if I had hiked 2.7 miles to get to this point - uphill - I would have probably been disappointed.
All in all, not as bad as last year. But I don't plan on doing it again. I think I'll pick some easier day hikes and find a place to shower at night. :)