Friday, July 2, 2010

Hiking the Indian Ladder Trail

Well, as I thought, I'm writing this post about our hike last week and not about our newest family member who is still just chillin'. My due date is tomorrow so hopefully it won't be too much longer. In the meantime, we are doing our best to show Julie a good time. Last Friday afternoon, we took her to Thacher Park to hike the Indian Ladder Trail.

Thacher Park is built around the Helderberg Escarpment, which consists of limestone cliffs that rise several hundred feet. It is believed to be the world's oldest, exposed limestone and many of the rock formations bear fossils. We did not start going to Thacher Park until late last year and by then the Indian Ladder Trail was closed. It is open from late-May until mid-October. I was going to wait until the baby was born to go check it out but I am frankly running out patience. The hike is not that challenging- more of a nature walk with some unsteady ground. The hike was about 2 miles round-trip and was really fun. The limestone cliffs are really impressive. Enjoy the photos!

Julie at the top of the Helderberg Escarpment
Adam and Julie at the top of the Indian Ladder Trail
Adam and Gavin descending the metal staircase that takes you about sixty feet below the cliffs
Limestone Cliffs
Trail leads you under 2 waterfalls
Julie posing underneath the cliffs
One of the fossils we found
Making our way through the trail
Little family photo- perhaps our last one as a family of three
Gavin had a great time and is turning out to be one adventurous little boy


Michele said...

Fun, fun, fun!! That is cool that you found fossils. That just completely intrigues me. You look super cute for possibly giving birth TOMORROW!! You can only hope.

Eileen said...

those cliffs are impressive but you're super impressive hiking around at 9 months pregnant!! love the picture of you three and of julie under the cliff--don't suppose you climbed under there!!

Missy said...

Cool hike and I'm impressed by how active you are! Waiting for that baby post!!