Today is my last day in Golden and the sun is shining gloriously. Early this morning the family headed up the 14 kilometer winding mountain road to the base of Kicking Horse Mountain. From the resort and shops, gondolas take us up another 4300 feet to the top where we are perched at 7700 feet elevation.
Stephanie, Jeff, Brendan and Tyler are eager for their mountain adventure. They are taking part in the Kicking Horse “Via Ferrata” (Italian for ‘iron path’) climbing experience.
After a brief lesson and practice …
They hike to the mountain (off to the right) where they will begin mountain climbing.
While they are busy at that, I head to the restaurant for coffee – I am a little early and they don’t open for lunch for 20 minutes.
I choose a seat with a view of my family on the rock face across from my table.
A ‘close up’ and the mountain climbers are barely discernible. Here is a ‘close-up’ –
While they were busy testing their endurance and conquering their fears, I was enjoying myself –
Then I went outside to enjoy the views
Back home, Steph harvests vegetables from her garden
It has been a lovely, fun-filled week with my daughter, Stephanie, her husband Jeff, as well as my two fabulous grandsons, Brendan and Tyler. Thank you for more wonderful life memories and the opportunity to spend time with you.