Me and my friends used to hang out there all the time. Oh the stories I could tell... but I won't because that time is gone. But it's definitely a place that I wanted to take Michael and it was beautiful on Labor Day so we went down then.
First we went to the castle ruins. Michael really wanted to climb down in the castle.
So next we went down to the spring trail. The spring comes out into an area with a small, but vertically challenging island in the middle of it. We broke off onto one of the island trails. Ok, so really the trail isn't that challenging, but I was wearing a 33 pound toddler on my back and that makes everything (a lot) harder... this is no place for strollers, not even the Chariot.(Not that challenging, however, if your are from Kansas the hills around here could be lethal.)
We turned back when we got to the spring because I didn't want to take the stairs (316 steps) back to the castle (actually that's just the first set of stairs, there are even more than that to get all the way to the castle). On a good day, they are challenging, and they even have a warning about not taking them if you are pregnant or have a heart condition, but with a baby on my back, they would have killed me. I didn't bother taking a picture, but I wish I would have since I can't seem to find a good one on the internet.
Finally we went down to the natural bridge. That's a nice short trail and it was quiet when we got there.
There are a ton of places that we did not go, but a couple of hours was enough for us that morning. We went to my parent's house to let Michael take a nap and visit before going home.
This weekend we have another cool trip planned, and I'm completely stoked about part of it!!! I will definitely be posting about it next week.