Second Day Trail
These two shots show the beginning and the end of the trail we spent our second morning on. The large gate is the entrance to a long, winding trail that ascends gradually through thickly-wooded hillsides. There are no spectacular views for the first few miles on this trail, so it seems to attract fewer people: the payoff comes later. The other shot, with small wooden houses at the top of a hill by a stream, represents the end of an extremely steep descent on the other side of the rise. We saw no one on this whole train, and we both felt it was as beautiful and peaceful as we imagine the descent into Rivendell should be. 🙂 Resting by the pool at the bottom of that trail, I felt I was in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.