Scooby and I have never been hiking so we didn't know what to expect.
Scooby was excited that he would get to wear his backpack. He would carry his poop bags and treats. Those were the 2 things he thought he needed. He wanted Ma to leave out the poop bags and add more treats but she said no.
|Scooby say "Cheese" look|
We got up extra early so we could head out. By extra early, I mean 6:00 am. It's summertime so that is early by Sarah's standards. We were on the road by 7 AM. We were finally going hiking! 30 minutes into our travels across Ky, Scooby started whining. He had to pee. We finally stopped to pee and it was a quick out-in and off we went again.
Ma was looking around at the roads and made the comment "you would think there would be a Hardee's or McDonald's around here" which cued Scooby to whine again. Dad found a McDonalds and went through drive-thru. Everyone got something to eat. That settled Scooby down and he didn't whine again the whole way there.
|Those mountains hide the gardens|
We arrived at our destination.
|We are in the Shawnee National Forest|
We headed to the Observation trail to start. It's a very easy trail that leads to some spectacular views of the forest. These are a few of the photos we took.
The trail has many benches to sit and rest. There are bathrooms at the beginning and end of the trail.
When we got to the top of the trails the views were breathtaking. The rock formations are interesting to look at with their water lines, holes in the stones and a few of the spots look like dinosaur footprints.
|This would make an excellent water bowl!|
|Trees grow in weird ways through the stone|
The different shapes the wind and rain have created show the forces that nature can have. It's simply amazing.
|Looks like an alien head.|
|amazing what wind and rain can form|
|Iron deposits in the rock|
|We think we spotted Bigfoot. BOL!|
There are parts of the trail that cut through the rock.
|Sarah strikes a pose|
It's cool to get to the top of the rock and look over the edge.
In May 2014 a 12 yr old girl lost her life when she fell 100 ft. Even with the paths and such, you still need to take precautions when walking them. There have been a couple other deaths since then.
We finished our walk and we headed out. Down the road we seen a neat looking rock formation and dad spotted a tiny turtle trying to get across the road. We stopped and Sarah assisted the turtle to get across the road.
We got to explore some of the cave that had a natural skylight. We took the opportunity to take more photos.
|We are the mighty hikers|
|We are camera hounds|
The trails are dog-friendly but please be respectful and pick up after your dogs if they go to the bathroom.
Thank you for reading and hope you join us on our next adventure!
Oh, one more photo. This is ma acting all big and brave because she walked the trail. BOL!