We’ve been SO busy this month.  It’s all been kind of a blur.  I have so much to share with you and not enough time to get it all in.  With that said, I’ll give you little tidbits as I can.

This past weekend we traveled to Colorado for a ranch rodeo.  The families tagged along this year to make it a big camping excursion.  It was a great time!  Lots of laughs, some weird weather, good camp fire cooking and a quick trip to the mountains.

I thought I’d share a little snippet of our family mountain adventure.  Tucker had never seen the mountains and since Colorado Springs was a mere 75 miles from camp Grady and I couldn’t justify NOT taking our kiddo on a little road trip.

With all of the wild fires engulfing the Colorado Springs area we were literally IN the city before we could REALLY see the mountains.  The haze from the smoke was really heavy.

DSC_0175 copyGrady and I are sometimes “fly by the seat of our pants” kind of people.  We had no plan once we got there.  We just knew that we wanted Tuck to experience this amazing piece of nature.  My only goal was to get to the mouth of ANY canyon where he could get out and see for himself what it was all about.  On our drive we saw a sign for Seven Falls.  Neither of us knew what it was, but the signage and advertisements were enough to let us know it was something spectacular.  That became our destination.

DSC_0181 copyIt proved to be well worth the $25 for us to enter.

DSC_0183 copyDSC_0179 copyIt’s been 10 years since I lived in Utah among the majestic Wasatch Mountains.  As much as I dearly love, Love, LOVE living in the Flint Hills of Kansas there is a part of my heart that will always belong to the mountains.

Seven Falls is exactly that… it’s a large natural waterfall that has seven tiers.  There are steps that have been built up the side of the rock so you can climb to the top.

DSC_0193 copyDSC_0188 copyDSC_0185 copyWe started out climbing and discovered about 20 steps up that Tucker has a rather large fear of heights.  The poor kid had a tearful panic attack, so back down we went.  We got the tears under control and tried to talk him into giving it another try.  There was NO way the kid was going to go up those steps.  Honestly, I couldn’t blame him.  They were STEEP and they gave me the heebie-jeebies a little, as well.

Opposite of the falls is an elevator that will take you to the top of another lookout platform.  After much talking, reassurance and insistence that we were NOT going to let fear take over and keep us from experiencing something so amazing we got the kiddo to go up the elevator.  Once we got up there he looked out and said, “OH!!!  This isn’t bad!  I thought were were going to just be on the side of the mountain…”  Poor thing thought we would literally be clinging to the side.  (Big sigh.)

He was so glad that we made him go up.

7 falls 3He was so proud of himself!

DSC_0200 copyDSC_0198 copy7 falls 2They were checking out what the folks at the top of the falls were doing.

DSC_0197 copyHe was so brave.

We told him over and over how proud we were of him for overcoming his fear!!!

DSC_0201 copyHe kept telling me, “Mommy, can I take you and Daddy’s picture????”

“Sure, Tuck.”

Turns out we may have a little photographer on our hands.  He didn’t do a bad job…  Pretty good composition, if I do say so myself.

DSC_0204 copyI could have parked my hiney up there all day.  It was BEAUTIFUL.  I wish we would have had more time.  After seeing how awesome it was Tucker was ready to try the steps, but unfortunately our visit had to be brief.  We had a rodeo to get back for.

We told Tuck that we were NOT taking the elevator back down.  He was going to have to be brave and try the stairs.  You could see the concern across his face, but he stoically went down with a death grip on his daddy’s hand and the railing.

DSC_0205 copyWhen they got to the lower platform he just took off!

No fears!

7 falls 47 falls 5Mountain Quest 2013 was a SUCCESS!!!!  I thoroughly loved answering all of Tucker’s nature questions.  The learning experience was PRICELESS!!  It’s now our goal to take a mountain vacation when Ella gets a little older and can remember and enjoy the beauty and excitement as much as her brother.



Peace, love and quiet majesty!!!!


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