Another weekend and another quick fall hike…
This weekend we drove up to Cascade Springs which is a collection of artesian springs and pools surrounded by wooden walk ways and paved trails. This is a very family friend hike… (only 1.25 miles). This also was my choice and I do have to admit that I fooled Isabelle into thinking it was a much longer hike. Lucky for me it is a very beautiful place… so there was only a little bit of complaining. (none from the kids or myself of course… we found the hike just right).
Unfortunately I forgot my good camera so please be forgiving of lower quality phone camera pictures.
Before I begin with Cascade Springs I wanted to share the park pin we just received for our work on the trail last week. (see Weekend with hiking, trail work, and sagebrush dye) I had no idea that we were celebrating the 60th anniversary for this state park. Receiving the pin was a nice surprise.
HMM… Is it still volunteer work if they pay you with a pin?
BACK TO CASCADE SPRINGS!
My family would often take a Sunday drive up to Cascade Springs when I was a kid and I have not been back since I was probably 15 or 16. There are two routes one of which is much shorter but is a dirt road. When I was a kid that road was not suitable for a normal car. We made that drive in a Dune Buggy (or Buggy Dune as my little sister called it). I wonder if people still call them Dune Buggies? more importantly are they still cool?… I am not ashamed to admit that I felt cool just being in the back seat.
Before we headed out I “googled” the short route and the results stated that it was still a dirt road that “may” not be suitable for a “family” car.
So… we took the long way!
This was a beautiful drive but with all of the switch backs three of us got car sick, including the driver. This made me decide that on the way home we would take the shorter route… dirt road… family car warning be darned.
To all of our surprise the dirt road was a much better drive. The road was wider and the switchbacks didn’t seem as frequent. The road also didn’t break the “family” car. (Just got it really dirty) Again I must state that this was lucky since I was driving Isabelle’s car and she had just replaced the front windshield two days before (She kept warning me that I had better not let a rock hit the new windshield… like I could stop that)
You can see our drive on the map. Blue is going and red is returning… all the little squiggly bumps you see on the lines are the actual switch backs. (Where the blue and red meet is Cascade Springs)
I mentioned before that we struggled with car sickness on the way to Cascade Springs and because of the long drive we had to make a “pit” stop just before we arrived. My wife after completing her “business” noticed me with my phone. She made some remark about “not being stupid… and some warning about not taking a picture of her there just for my blog”. After hearing that I of course decided that it was a “must share moment” so here it is!
After the quick pit stop we finally arrived at Cascade Springs. The place has changed a little but it was still very familiar and brought back very fond memories. One memory that came back was of me being here as a pre-teen with my buddies.
I remember back then with those “buddies” deciding we would pull off our first “con” job. (Being older I realize that this makes me sound horrible but when I was a kid I considered “conmen” really smart and clever and who doesn’t want to be “smart and clever” ). At that time park services had a sign at the springs that read “litter awareness badge” and showed a pull tab from a can. (This sign has long been taken down… hmm I wonder how many kids now would know what the picture on that sign was showing). We collected these pull tabs, mostly off of our own cans, and sat below the sign. With every passing person we would offer to sell them a “litter awareness badge” for 50 cents. You wouldn’t believe how many said yes until they saw what we were selling. I can’t say I had much luck selling “badges” but I still made a dollar that day… most importantly I felt “clever”.
Can you believe I actually found a picture of that old sign?… The internet is amazing.
Here are some pictures from our hike… maybe less words and stories but I can’t promise that.
Well… here comes more words.. sorry. I think on the same day we were trying to sell those badges we decided to have a nice swim in the small pool of water you see above. Probably not a big deal… except back then we didn’t swim with clothes… always naked… you know so our moms wouldn’t see our wet clothes. (We were always concerned about our mother’s feelings… plus back then getting in trouble often ended with a task of cutting a willow… if you know what that means)
Yep… I have weird kids!
I want to make a “call out” to the park rangers. These men and women really make a difference in all of our outdoor adventures and this one is no exception. As we were leaving the park we passed two rangers who had set up a display. They had hides from local animals and allowed the children to touch them. (bear, bobcat, moose, mule deer, mountain lion… etc.) They followed up the touching with hand sanitizer which eased Isabelle’s sensitivities. This was awesome… the only thing that could have made it better would have been to allow us to “sample” each wild animal. In my head I imagined small sliders of each animal’s meat… of course barbecued on local wood. I thought about making the suggestion but I know they are already overworked and under paid.
That is all I have to write about for now…Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog!