breathtaking, the people are very friendly and the hikes, while difficult, are well worth the effort. One of the first hikes my cousin Lance and I took on the first full day we were there was from Echo Point to the Three Sisters and then we made our 1000ft descent on the Giant Stairway. It's a good thing we went down this massive 900 step stairway instead of up. Not only was it a very long way down but it was also very steep. After we made it all the way to the bottom, we then walked the Federal Pass and up the Furbur Steps. I would recommend this trail over just going down the Giant Stairway and back up, as the Furbur steps seemed to be much easier to climb up than what I can imagine the Giant Stairway would be. I can't even begin to describe the breath taking view we experienced!
We walked the Federal Pass around sunset, and while we couldn't see very many colours in the sky like you can back home, the way the light hit the valley was just complete beauty. It was like walking through a rain forest with the heavy silence broken only by the the sound of running water and of birds' wings cutting through the air as they dove from the trees with sheer freedom. The songs of the birds here is also quite different than what I'm used to; it's so exotic and one particular bird song can sound so vastly different than the last.