We met a nice mountain goat on the way.
We really should have started questioning the ease of this hike after the first set of steep steps carved into the side of the mountain, as you can see above. But no, we forged ahead.
More steps, even steeper paths, we basically scaled some cliffs. Our concentration and that of the kids was waning. We stopped for lunch, and debated what to do. It was one of those hikes where you have the feeling that you'll reach your goal just around the next bend, it can't be much further, we must have the worst behind us. Finally, after debating back and forth, I put a veto on continuing this particular trip. It was just too strenuous, our energy was gone, and there was just no end in sight.
|Our Trail of Tears ended here at the River of Tears. The kids got to throw some stones into the shimmering water and then we turned around and were off.|