Took this picture on Mother's Day. What is funny is that I had no expectations about the hike, just wanted to get Abby out of the apartment and give her a way to be in charge, which we did. Last fall Abby and her friends at daycare went to this place - Quarry Park in Kirkwood - and there was a whole story about one of them pushing the Park Ranger Emergency Call button and then having to apologize and learning a VERY valuable lesson about buttons and emergencies and such. Good lesson, and it stuck.
We wanted to go on this hike several times, but were never sure where it was. I broke down and asked Abby's teacher for a list of all of the fun places they go to - she put together a list of 25 places by the end of the day! Talk about being jealous of all the fun places that Abby gets to go while I sit at work, that list just reinforced it.
For Mother's Day I wanted to go somewhere new, and made a choice to go somewhere that Abby would be an expert and could lead us. Recently she really likes to be "in charge" of things. Unfortunately she usually only plays that card when I am running late in the morning, or while we are trying to get dinner on the table - not good times. We like to set her for success, and this was an easy way to do it, and an easy way to celebrate what her ladership had gotten us! Win win!
So, the picture is one that I cropped specifically for the desktop of our laptop, so that explains the funny cut. The boulders were blasted and set into place to be easily taken out of the quarry and loaded onto the trains at the tracks on the top side. Since they had to abandon ship, quickly, they are exactly in teh same place, but now surrounded by an awesome, dense forest.
I hope to go back soon, and to take the more adventurous route down by the creek, maybe even scout enough to find the cave mentioned on the parks' website!