Lonely Mountain Park is marketed a bit like an amusement park, but it has makings of a national park. All of the main attractions are provided courtesy of mother nature. Only a few accessory items are man-made, and some (i.e. a mechanical bull) definitely seem out of place. While the steel rope bridge and short zip line do make your heart beat a bit faster, the thrill factor stops well short of say, a Six Flags or a Valley Fair.
Regardless of how one classifies the park, our group had plenty of fun there, and we definitely enjoyed the scenery. The best activity was definitely hiking, and we certainly did a lot of it. Here are some pictures from our Saturday trek.
Several landmarks offered some spectacular opportunities for group pictures, and we readily took advantage of them. Here are two of my favorite from the entire trip.
One of everyone’s favorite spots of the day was called the “The Thin Crack in the Sky.” The second group picture just above was taken on the path up to this place. Basically, water has eroded a deep crack in the mountain, just big enough to walk through. Once inside, you can look up and see the long crack of light above you. It really is beautiful, though I’m sure you can imagine the joke possibilities.
Back at the bottom of the mountain, the group regrouped and relaxed a bit. Tian and I grabbed a corn-on-the-cob snack. For me it didn’t come close to MN sweet corn. In fact, it was so dry and so burnt that I felt a better name for it would have been “Carbon-on-the-cob.” But we finished it anyway. Our group also threw away (literally) about 10 yuan in coins trying to hit a target in the wishing well. When we did, a gold budda popped out and sprayed water.