When you think "Louisiana," hiking isn't really something that comes to mind. Typically, it's the food, people, and images of a raucous crowd on Bourbon Street that first come to mind. Hiking is a very distant afterthought when it comes to this state. I'm guessing that probably has something to do with the fact that this state is pretty, well, flat. This really puts a damper on trying to get my body physically accustomed to hiking up large mountains for six months.