"We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh!"

Agnes Repplier

"Laugh as much as you breath, and love as long as you live..."

Sunday, May 25, 2008

On the Way Down the Trail...

We spent the night in the meadow at the top of the Newlin Creek Trail. It was a little chilly, but the sound of the rippling creek next to the tent made us sleep better. There is some old Sawmill equipment from 1887 at the top, along with a chimney from the gentleman's house who started it all. It was fun to explore around the boudlers and discover all sorts of metal, cut logs, and even pieces of his truck!

Backpacking the Newlin Creek Trail

We decided to spend labor day weekend doing some backpacking on Newlin Creek Trail. It was only about an hour's drive from our townhome in the Springs, and very beautiful! You cross the creek about 16 or 17 times within the hike to the top of a gorgeous green meadow! There were a few waterfalls along the way, but this one in particular seemed just peaceful to me. Wayne looks pretty sexy in front of it too!

Wayne Jumps over 1,300 Feet in the Air!!!

Just Kidding! But really, he is standing over a lookout point and I just happened to snap the photo the same time he was jumping in the air! Yup, he is jumping over 1,300 feet in the air! Below him is an incline railroad which takes you to the very bottom of the gorge. You sit in these metal cages that look like a mixture between a port-a-potty and a telephone booth! It's a 7 minute ride to the bottom where you can watch the river rafters float by, then catch the incline back up!

WOW! (What a hair-do!)

It was VERY windy when we trotted across the suspension bridge! Here I am peeking over the edge to the bottom of the gorge. The bridge runs over the Arkansas River, and at any given time there are 10 or so river rafting expeditions floating down the rapids. We almost did a half-day expedition with one of them, but decieded to come back later in the summer when it's warmer!

The Royal Gorge-Colorado's Natural Wonder

Yesterday Wayne and I visited the Royal Gorge in Canon City, Colorado. It's a 1,300 foot gorge with a suspension bridge built all the way across it, either to walk or drive. (We did both!) You can see the bridge off to the left of this picture (by my neck), but the pic just doesn't do it justice! While we were walking across it there was a huge burst of wind that caused the bridge to sway and made several people loose their balance! It was AWSOME!