Hiking at Hanging Rock State Park!

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Cassidy resting at the top

Today Jesse and I packed Cassidy into the car and headed over to Hanging Rock State Park. 

We headed to the summit first!  The trail is paved at first, then dirt/rocks - but easy to walk on.  Most of it is relatively level (no extreme grades), until you get right near the summit - then it IS pretty rough, but there are stairs or sometimes large rocks functioning as stairs to help you out.  Even though most of it isn't too difficult, it IS pretty long - in some of our pictures from the top, you can see through all the trees to the trail and get an idea of how it looks... although you certainly can't see it all.  Cassidy got so tired climbing up all those stairs - some of them almost as tall as she is - that she walked really well on the leash and didn't try to pull anymore (one of her vices).

The view from our shady spot
  :)

At the top, we rested in the shade for a while on some rocks.  Cassidy drank some water, and Jesse and I ate our PB&J sandwiches.  It was a little tricky getting over to the famous overhanging rock spot, so at first I went alone to take some pictures.  Then Jesse and Cassidy and I all went.  There was another dog there with his owners, and he and Cassidy were SO bothered that they weren't allowed to say hello to each other.  However, when you're right next to a sheer drop-off with no railing, any little thing feels like it can set you off balance, and we did not need dogs behaving unpredictably next to the edge!  It was annoying though, because the other dog family wouldn't (or couldn't?) move from near the famous spot, so we had to keep Cassidy back and find another spot to take our pictures.

Checking out the sheer drop
 

Then we headed back down the trail to the main parking area.  From there we decided to take a little more time and walk to the waterfalls.  I wasn't so sure as I was pretty tired from the other hiking, but Jesse convinced me... and it turned out that the trails to the waterfalls were easier and much shorter.

The waterfalls were pretty, but covered in people.... always an annoyance.  Of all the nerve!  Other people wanting to see what I'm seeing!!  haha.....  Anyway, at the second waterfall I left Jesse with Cassidy and climbed up to see what everyone else was looking at behind a wall of rock.  It turned out to be another waterfall (feeding the one you can see from the trail) - very pretty!  On my way climbing back I looked over to see Jesse by the railing on the trail, and a little furry head next to him - Cassidy!  She had her front paws up on the railing and she was looking right at me with a grin - it was so cute.  Jesse said she had seen me right away and had been watching me as I climbed around.  :)  I convinced Jesse to leave Cassidy with me and climb up to see the other waterfall since it was so pretty.

Finally we headed back home....

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Cassidy resting at the top
Cassidy resting at the top
The view from our shady spot
The view from our shady spot
Checking out the sheer drop
Checking out the sheer drop
Hanging Rock view
Hanging Rock view
Looking back down on the trail
Looking back down on the trail
Hanging Rock view
Hanging Rock view
Cassidy and me at the top!
Cassidy and me at the top!
Some girl was carrying a globe!  (…
Some girl was carrying a globe! …
First waterfall
First waterfall
Waterfall trail
Waterfall trail
Hidden waterfall
Hidden waterfall
Jessy and Cassidy being adorable
Jessy and Cassidy being adorable
Jess and Cassidy
Jess and Cassidy
Jesse climbing to see the hidden w…
Jesse climbing to see the hidden …
More stairs?!??!!?
More stairs?!??!!?
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