Just one last Colorado adventure, a few pictures and we’re off to Missouri.
The last day we were in Colorado we went to Seven Falls, a beautiful attraction I hadn’t visited since I was a college freshman. Somehow, I hadn’t remembered how it was that we climbed up to see them from the top…224 OPEN stairs!
As you can see, Ben and Bailey took off in the lead, but I was determined to climb to the top. It’s not the amount of steps that bothers me, it’s the fact that I could see through them and while they were right against the rock at the bottom, that was not the case farther up! I sent LeRoy on ahead, grabbed both handrails and just looked straight ahead at the next tread. And believe me, the view was worth the climb. There was still one nearly vertical set of stairs to go from this vantage point (see the handrails on the right) but the steps were stone, right on the mountain itself. Piece of cake!
At the top of the steps, we took a hiking trail on up to another falls. When we reached the end of the trail, we found a young man from the Chicago area waiting for his family who, he told us, had gone ahead to see still another set of falls. So we asked the obvious question: how do you get there? Where’s the trail? He just pointed at the falls in front of us and said “Up there.”
Keep in mind here that number 1, I’m chicken and number 2, when I see a warning on a sign, I think it’s a “thou shalt not”.
LeRoy, on the other hand, views the signs as a suggestion. So after watching the Illinois family descend without incident, he and the kids took off to make their way up the rocks.
See the location from which the pictures were taken? You got it–I stayed at the bottom. They did survive and arrived back intact, if Ben was slightly soggy from the knees down and left soggy footprints for Bailey and LeRoy to follow on their way across the rocks.
I was so proud of them and they were proud of themselves, too. But then, there were still all those steps back down…
We just couldn’t leave without seeing all the area had to offer, so we went to the Eagle’s Nest. This time, though, we took the available elevator on the way up and just took the stairs down.
What a feeling of accomplishment we all shared that day! We’ll be talking about that climb for years.