Having made it to Sunset Rock, instead of going back the way we came, we looked for the more popular trail back to Craven’s House, Bluff Trail. However, the map was a bit confusing as to whether we had to go back down the trail we’d come up to get to Bluff Trail or if it was at the same elevation as Sunset Rock.
There was a trail leading in the correct direction from Sunset Rock, so we decided it must be the trail we were looking for and headed on a treacherous route along the cliff. It ended about 100 yards beyond Sunset Rock and we were forced to double back. When we returned to Sunset Rock, a man with a young daughter was there. There were two choices: go up or go down. I decided to ask the man which direction they’d come from. They’d come down the trail we were eye-balling. Turns out, we could have gotten to Sunset Rock by driving o the top of the staircase and walking about 1500 feet. We walked over 2 miles to get to the same place that the man and his daughter had walked about 500 yards to. It’s almost depressing, but we really enjoyed the walk.
In any case, we deduced that back down was our only option. We climbed the “stairs” back down to another junction and then headed parallel to the bluff. We were treated to occasional glimpse between the trees of a view of the valley.
Tisen liked this trail a lot. He came into his own trotting along, right next to a cliff. I was more worried than he was. Any time I started to freak out that he might fall over the edge, I’d call him and he’d look up at me with an expression that clearly said, “you’re not good at math.” Maybe he’s right–he never did slip over the edge.
The rock formations on Lookout Mountain are pretty amazing. Giant Rocks have fallen into unexpected places, decorating the landscape in places where it seems they must have been air-lifted in by helicopter.
The rock formations are a beautiful. They are sandstone, with intense layers that create interesting caves or have splits and vines and/or moss, all depending on where you see these giant reminders of a time long gone.
I don’t know what exactly is so attractive about these giant boulders. Perhaps it’s because where each one appears, it’s as if time has stood still for centuries.
Tisen was less impressed with formations and more concerned about ensuring he had a way out.
Perhaps this is why Tisen had a magical ability to always end up in my frame? His obsession with being in front led him to pass me whenever I stopped to shoot. I’m not sure what was driving him to always be in front, but he ended up walking into my frame almost every time I stopped to get a shot.