After many weeks slash months of me nagging and bitching at John to leave the house and do something with me, I finally succeeded. I downloaded the AllTrails app and picked the first trail that was featured, which was Little Grand Canyon in Southern Illinois. Its about an hour from our house, and most of the driving is through beautiful SO ILL. We passed about a dozen wineries and orchards, which I will definitely have to visit on other Sundays this Summer. I am so happy that I always have Sundays off (except for Mothers Day, but that is one of the biggest days of the year for the restaurant industry)
John and I are pretty much fatasses, so actually getting our butts in gear and hiking is something that we haven’t done in a while. Little Grand Canyon is a trail that has been marked “difficult” because there was some climbing involved and a few times when the trail disappeared, but it wasn’t too difficult for us.
This was the first big hike I’ve done since I hurt my knee playing Roller Derby last year. There is a beautiful lookout point that looks out over the trees and at the bluffs and ridges characteristic of Southern Illinois.
There are also some beautiful caves and waterfalls. (pardon the potato quality in these pictures) All in all, Little Grand Canyon was much, much more beautiful and interesting than I thought it would be. I wish that we had an active dog that we could have taken. The most hiking my pug has done is at Trail of Tears, but that was just from the car to the overlook and back. She has also been on the trail that runs through Cape Girardeau, but if I walk too far I have to carry her on the way back.
I only fell once today, which is amazing. It was on a flat piece of land in some mud too. Anyone who knows me knows I am incredibly clumsy. I guess years of being clumsy has help me correct myself when I’m falling, so I can either fall gracefully or catch myself before hitting the ground.