This is where the misrepresentation comes in - here are the stairs to the top of the falls where we were led to think we would do some hiking. No problem, since there was an elevator....because taking 6 small children up those stairs would be a silly thing to do! So we went up in the elevator...
Here is another picture of those lovely stairs that we wouldn't dare try to take 6 small children!
Now is where the grandmas in the bunch might want to stop reading! Heart-Attack City is about to follow....
First, let me explain - Ryan and I thought we would go up the elevator and then do the 2 hikes around at the top of the falls. The kids were looking foward to it! We had brought our lunch, so it was going to be picnic-style and they were excited about this!!
Hmmm, so here's probably where we should have had better judgement as parents of the above mentioned kiddo-clan.
But a promise is a promise, right?! Let's just remember that we had promised them a picnic at the top of the waterfalls.
So the misleading information forced us to climb all 224 STEPS to the top to do our hiking. The elevator went to a ledge across the way from the stairs with only a viewing deck.
But alas, we made it to the top. We ended up hiking the other trail as well that was less steep and more calming for Mommy's nerves. It was another 1 mile hike that I actually had fun on!
Yes, the dreaded trek down the 224 steps! My stomach just flips again looking at this one! The sheer fright in my body was incredible! What was really bad was that once safe and sound on solid ground, my husband mentions that he was a little nervous going down as well. WHAT?!?!?! He is a rock climber and I don't think I have EVER seen him scared of any kind of climb or what not!
So then, on the way home we stopped at....
They were some pretty cool rock formations. Our plan was to get out and walk around the paths here looking at all of them, but the weather had other plans!
This one is called Balanced Rock - however, the picture doesn't do it justice.