the human participants: me, sis, tom
the non-human participants: Gemma, Gianni, Guinness, Benji
if you look really hard, you can find all four of the dogs in this pic. Guinness is the biggest, Benji next, and sis’s little Chihuahuas are in there too. can you find both of them?
so the trip down was pretty uneventful. it usually is. that’s the easiest part, ya know. all gotta do, pretty much, is pick a direction that doesn’t have tons of trees or undergrowth. so we walk, slip, slide our way down the side of the mountain until we hit the gulf. This is actually Spring Creek if i remember correctly.
this gulf is so much fun and holds tons of memories for us. we’ve been climbing down the bluff to go play in the water for as long as i remember. actually, i have some proof of that to back me up. hang on, while i go get an old snapshot and scan it on here…OK so i found it, scanned it, cropped it, and adjusted the color and such. This is a pic of me and my cousin Marny (twinFaye’s daughter) climbing around. oh, and mom and tom are in the background.
the hysterical thing that i just noticed? this pic was taken in June ’79 (i was almost 8 y/o) and the backpack that I’m wearing…is the SAME backpack that we took down for this trip!!
so what do you think? is my step-dad a pack rat or what?? ok, so enough of that silliness. now on with the adventure! tom had taken us down to a certain place at the creek, that we used to go to when we were little. there was a nice big flat area to lay out or have a picnic lunch and a great little waterfall that we used to slide down rocks to splash into a little pool. here is the flat area. as you can see it has water covering right now, but a lot of times it is drier. the water level in the gulf changes drastically depending on rains and such. off to the left side of this pic is where we used to slide.
so after ooohhing and ahhhing at the water for awhile we started looking for a way back up. tom has found a deer trail that he says we can follow up more easily than trying to find our own way up. along the way, we kept getting side tracked by photo ops. that’s how we roll….
can you tell which one the camera loves and which one loves the camera?? i’ll give you a hint. it sure as heck ain’t ME 🙂
although, i must admit i like this pic of me…it makes my boobs look huge! lol
as you can tell we didn’t get very far from this photo op before we were ready for another. i climbed up this big boulder, and it wasn’t that easy to do, then sis decides to climb up with me so tom can snap both of us. while he is trying to find a good place to stand and such we look down at our feet and Gemma has climbed up this huge boulder! we have no idea how she managed this feat but, i guess she just really wanted to be in the pic too!
so by now, tom is getting tired of us stopping for a photo op every 10 feet so we decide to pack up the camera and get serious about climbing up. we were having to walk sideways across the slope for a while to get where we needed to be, and my ankle was getting tired. at least that’s the excuse I’m using. i took a step and the next thing i know i was gettin’ up close and personal with the ground. sis kinda gasped, then giggled, then asked me if i was ok. which i was. i had kinda slid down the slope as i was falling down so it was more of a surprise than anything else.
well, we finally reached the last 20-30 feet of climbing that we had to do. tom and sis decided to go one way, but i decided i was gonna be a rock climber today. why? do i have experience doing this? do I have any climbing equipment, you know, like a helmet? these could be some of the questions going through your mind right now. all i can say is, cuz i wanted to, no, and no again. so here is a pic of the path i climbed up the rocks. we weren’t smart enough to give the camera to sis while i climbed so no action shot (dangit!) i just took a pic i took after i climbed up. i’m standing off to the side and a little higher up. i have come to realise that it is very hard to photograph something well so that you can get a good sense of height and such, so this is the best i could do:
i will leave y’all with one last photo that shows how pretty our woods are, and you can even get a glimpse of the water down at the bottom. and yes, that is a drop off behind me that i am hanging over with one arm and leg holding me up. i was fine till i had to pull my big butt back up. whew, for a minute there i thought gravity was gonna get the best of me!
that’s all folks!