Yesterday I had the pleasure of hiking in Cloudland Canyon State Park. My wonderful hiking companions and I hit the West Rim Loop Trail that kicked our butts in the best way possible. It's about a five-mile trail that loops about a mile in. The hike is strenuous, rocky in several places, with sheer drop offs and narrow paths in others, but affords the most extraordinary views of the canyon from both east and west. We came prepared with snacks, plenty of water and ample bug spray. (The gnats were quite taken with our presence). After we made our way back to the trailhead we finished with a visit to the wondrous Cherokee Falls, one of two waterfalls in the park. So soothing and peaceful, it was the perfect way to end our visit. Except that twelve hundred easy peasy steps down to the falls meant twelve hundred slow, heavy, exhausted and laborious steps on the way back up. The ten-year-old did it with waaaaaaaay more finesse and ease than I did.