Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Pichoux Canyons are ... not kid-friendly.




But I guess we ought to have known that before hiking up the steep incline (I'm looking at you, my alpine lover!).



A fiercely beautiful riverbed marked

Entry Prohibited - Danger ...



made us turn around from our originally-planned wanderweg to strike up my Russian's Plan B (he, incidentally, was safely at work that day!).



When I asked him that evening why he had sent us up such a deadly path with eight children in tow, his answer was so convinced...

"Well, I thought that if my horse could do it, so could you."



We inched our way back down on our behinds through the slippery leaves (I found a tick clamped to my neck last night, Sara!)...



And that's yours truly giving three kids an exhaustive lecture on why they may NOT play alone near the precipices... and why they must come back and help the moms stuck on the hillside with five smaller children!

I shall never forget... :)

21 comments:

Michael Rowland said...

being a parent is a scary job, looks beautiful there though,,,M

Liesl said...

That is hillarious! Love those moss covered rocks! You have ticks in Switzerland,don't they freeze to death?

Joe said...

Beautiful area for a hike.

Linda said...

Maybe the young precipice lovers were still running free and wild through the awakening woods? Ah Legolas of the sure foot - what was the thinking???

Out on the prairie said...

You were able to see all you could, think if you had taken off that trail and missed the sign.

Sara said...

Ouhhhh la la, il y a même une p'tite bête qui s'est attachée à toi et qui ne voulait plus te quitter ???? (google m'a aidée à comprendre !) Argggghhh ! Je n'ai même pas contrôlé mes enfants !!!
Super, les photos, super souvenir !

Lola said...

On ne risque pas d'oublier cette aventure!! ;) Léa

Linda said...

Heidi said, "Oh Aunt Alli, that is so funny...and terrible."

texwisgirl said...

stranded on a hillside with little kids in tow while teenage mountain goats cavort about. :)

okay - i get the horse thing for adults, but little tots?! their little legs are no where near as able as a horse. shame on The Russian! :)

Changes in the wind said...

Brave, brave Mom

Judy said...

That is a beautiful place to hike but I too wouldn't want to take young ones there. I love your husband's comment...that sounds like something Jim would say :0

Ola said...

I can only imagine the freshness of the air there!:)

Nancy said...

The first photo took my breath away. So beautiful I wanted to step into photo. Glad everyone is safe from the climb. Enjoyed my visit to your blog. Thankyou.

Trisha said...

I too would have scooted down on my butt to get down! And a tick?! Now thats some souvenir :) But looks like a great "adventure" !! :)

Naturedigital said...

A beautiful place for hiking if you are careful with your step Allison.
Happy Easter to you.
Costas

Meg said...

Oh goodness! Bit of a difference between children and horses... LOL! Well at least you all survived, and it IS beautiful, none the less.

Dawn said...

Sorry...I have to laugh- especially at the last photo;))
Love it.
And dangerous can be so extremely beautiful!
:))

Randy said...

What an excellent place for a hike. Thanks for taking us!

Canyon Girl said...

That is so beautiful, but scary too with all those little kids. Thanks for the poem you left on my blog.--Inger

Pam said...

A frightful trail for sure.. happy to see all returned unharmed. But it is beautiful scenery.

Wishing you and your family a blessed Easter, Allison
hugs,
Pam

Evi said...

Allez, allez, je vois qu'il y avait beaucoup d'arbres et d'arbustes pour vous retenir lors d'une éventuelle chute ! J'aurais du penser à toi hier en descendant le Gore-Virat avec mes enfants. Il y avait beaucoup de feuilles mortes. Et c'est vrai que lorsqu'il y a un enfant qui semble incertain sur pied ça fait soucis et pourtant on ce demande pourquoi il y en a deux qui courent sur le même sentier. Je me suis même surprise avec mes mains dans mes poches. Aïe aïe aïe...