Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Slippery Slope

I don't know if I have the appropriate words
to describe this latest hiking adventure.
But after a long and arduous climb down
a forested, muddy, slippery trail,
this is what I heard and saw.
(Keep in mind, I'm NO videographer!!)
There were a few moments during the climb down
that I was outright scared
and didn't think I could continue.
However, with The Ranger encouraging me
every step of the way,
"Spread yourself out like a spider.",
was I EVER rewarded for my bravery.
Photo compliments of The Ranger

It was virtually a tropical rain forest,
right here in the middle of Cape Breton,
lush, green carpets of moss,
the foliage dripping from the moisture...
...warm, dark, humid, musty...
You know,
if Robin Hood stepped out from behind a large fern,
it wouldn't have surprised me in the least!

Photo compliments of The Ranger

Other Worldly
Photo compliments of The Ranger

Only three quarters of a mile from the beginning of the trail,
it took 1.5 hours to hike back to the truck,
the climb up being much faster than the climb down.
Looking at the pictures,
I can't believe I was really there!


Stephanie said...

Totally gorgeous! Congrats on completing the hike.

Terry said...

What a beautiful place! Thanks for sharing it with us, especially the video of the waterfall! :0)

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful! and totally refreshing today!

Linda said...

Wow Karen! What an adventure you had. Cape Breton is amazing.

grammie g said...

"Wow" nature at it's best, and you was able to get to experience it, and have amazing photo's for you to remember the ordeal even if you was scared out of your wit's!!
To bad Robin Hood wasn't around to give you a hand, ; ) but the Park Ranger seemed to be very accommodating!!
Lush green forest and rushing roaring water sounds good right now since it is extremely hot and humid here "yuck"

Carrie P. said...

wow! what a an awesome place. those photos are stunning. I hope you got to stay around for a while so you could soak it all in.

Fiona said...

Just awesome, so beautiful and well worth that hike.... it's funny how going down can be harder than going upwards.... I think men in tights would have been rather fun!!

Sondra said...

Glad you hung in there and made it to the falls, its awesome!! I love waterfalls too...this one is a beauty!!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

this is just gorgeous! don't you just love being a bit surprised by the scenery on a hike/climb - this is just amazing views

hetty said...

What an awesome place! Beautiful scenery, stunning photography. Cape Breton is on my Bucket List.

Nora at Island Rambles said...

I am not sure who the ranger is but he takes good photos...I enjoyed the beautiful scary video as well, so green, lush and forested.

Linda Reeder said...

Great beauty and a sense of accomplishment - that's a successful hike!

Rambling Woods said...

Beautiful....but I have had enough scary this year... Michelle

Lynn said...

Good for you, that's an accomplishment, plus those photos are gorgeous. Well worth the climb (up and down)!

Carole DeAngeli said...

Aaah, just what I needed on this hot, dry desert day! What a reward for that scary slippery slope!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images, the best ones are the waterfalls in their depth, cheers Karen.

Sheila said...

That is incredible , wow such beauty , well worth your climb down . Thanks for sharing .

Miriam said...

Wow, beautiful photographs! It looks very serene there.

Bob Pelkey said...

There should be no rules when making an adventure like this. Well done. Be careful.

Roy Norris said...

Wow. These are beautiful images Karen and thats a stunning looking Spider on the rock.{:))

Just Ramblin' said...

Oh my, this is just beautiful. The pictures are amazing. I would never have thought to see something like this in your part of the world. You are so lucky the ranger would take you along and share this beautiful area. I'm glad you stuck with it and that you would share pictures with us. Love the picture of you sitting on the moss covered rock.
Thanks for sharing your part of the world with all us. Nola

FlourishingPalms said...

What a beautiful place! I'm happy for you to have the strength and endurance to accomplish it. Seems like you received a fine "reward." I like The Rangers' pictures, especially the one of you.

Lesley said...

Hello Miss Spider! What a breathtaking view you provided us with. I think Robin Hood was hiding in the ferns...amazing photography and amazing waterfall...apparently not far from where I live. Gotta love Cape Breton!