So, yesterday we took our annual color tour trip along the scenic drive in Oscoda, Michigan. It was beautiful! The leaves have not yet reached their full color peak, but it was awesome, nonetheless!
The entire route runs along the high bank of the Au Sable River, with amazing viewing stops along side the road. The first stop we made on this trip was at a natural spring that creates waterfalls near the river down below - 289 steps below!! We trudged down, wandered around, and back up all 289 steps! Woo Hoo!!
But the best stop on the scenic drive was the last! It's a high bank of sand, like sand dunes, that seems to stretch out FOREVER to the river at the bottom. Our older kids have always run to the bottom and crawled back up, but it was completely intimidating to me. My hubby went down it a couple years ago, and literally CRAWLED back up, on the easier side where there are a few tree roots to grab, He was completely exhausted and swore he'd never do that again. I decided that this year, I was ready to do it.
Here's the view from the top looking down:
Here's Hubby looking down at me after I first started heading down the hill - not as easy as it might seem when your heading straight down on loose sand!!
And here's the view from the bottom, looking back up the hill - if you look really close, you can see the tiny red dot that is Hubby at the top of the hill!!
The view at the bottom was just as beautiful as I expected:
The climb back up was much tougher than I thought it would be - but, you know what? So am I!! I climbed and fought and struggled and crawled and dug into the shifting sand with both hand and feet - cimbing back up the middle, not on the sides where the tree root "steps" are and I did it!!
I conquered the sand hill!!
When I got to the top, Hubby asked if I would ever do it again, and I took about a half hour to answer him, but I really thought hard about what I had accomplished and how great I felt when I reached the top, and I told him "YES! I can't wait to do it again next year!!"
I hope you all get to climb your own "Sand Hills" this week!!