5 years, 8 months.
Throughout my entire childhood, as Papa drove our family to and from Chattanooga where his side of family lives, we would always pass this brown government sign, pointing towards Cloudland Canyon State Park; near Trenton, Georgia.
I never stopped wondering what was there, just 4 miles off the main road. So I decided to make it an official stop on our 1st father and son road trip.
Neither of our preconceived ideas of Cloudland Canyon State Park were accurate. I was expecting something much smaller and mediocre. And you later revealed to me you thought it was like a carnival with rides.
However, we were both very pleased with what the park actually is. It was amazing!
There’s a walkway that goes along the side of Lookout Mountain, which allowed us to see down into the valley… way down there.
And at one part of the trail, we were able to climb a staircase down to a really cool viewpoint.
I think my favorite part of our visit to Cloudland Canyon was when you looked out and announced, “Oh, I see the 10 Commandments.”
(It was actually a set of rock posts that are part of another trail across the valley.)
When you are older, I will take you back because there’s another trail that is 2 hours long that goes all the way down to where there’s a waterfall! Maybe in a year or two you’ll be ready for that. I am really looking forward to that…
So it turns out that my whole life, there really was something pretty awesome, had we just turned 4 miles down that road where the brown government sign was.
Cloudland Canyon State Park is a wondrous place to visit. After we left there, we opened the sun roof in the Lexus ES, per your request, and enjoyed the breeze as we made our way closer to Fort Payne, Alabama.
But first, I had a surprise stop planned: an old chapel built into a giant rock…
Here’s the collection of stories from our father and son road trip…