By Bridjes O'Neil
Half-way through our hike we were met by steep inclines up hills. My thighs have never felt so sore in my life. My chest was so tight it felt as if my lungs would collapse.
Our group slowly began to drift apart as we fell farther behind each other. Children passed by with relative ease and puzzled looks at our desperate attempts to catch a breath.
I am not to sure about the length of time it took to climb those hills. But, it seemed to last an eternity. We stood on a wooden bridge that overlooked the Glenashdale Falls. The view was spectacular as you can see in the pictures below.
The hike downhill was scarier. There were no barricades to break your fall if you happened to loose your balance and fall over the cliff. Somehow we managed to make it down in one piece. Our professor called us all whimps because we complained more than a person with arthritis.
The end result for us all was a sense of accomplishment. It taught us a valuable lesson that persistence in the face of adversity is crucial to overcome any obstacle.
Bridjes O'Neil is a Broadcast & Digital Journalism student at
Webster University in St. Louis, MO. Bridjes recently studied abroad in
Scotland for a Travel Journalism class. All photos are courtesy of Bridjes