We have a very sorry little puppy here tonight. As is usual with little dogs in general and especially Shih Tzu's in particular, she has always had serious teeth issues. Today, she had the remaining six teeth taken out including a badly abscessed tooth from a previously botched surgery. We dropped her off at 10:30 and picked her up at 5:30 and she was still pretty groggy. She won't be enjoying the next few days!
While waiting for John to get ready, I took a self guided tour of their gardens and grabbed a few blooms. I love these Iris.
I got below this Columbine so I could show the translucent petals
These wild Iris grow in their swamp garden
The dark side isn't for the faint of heart or those with balance issues
Low ceiling in spots
Look closely, John is in the top third
John is in this one too
The ladder is one of the easier spots on the trail
Looking back from the top of the ladder
One of the few level spots under the bluff
John in mid leap
A tight spot where we had to take our packs off to get up
There is a house on the rock bluff above and he has installed this creative means of accessing his gazebo down on a rock above the river. It is not a place for children!
A wild Columbine along the river's edge
We stopped at the old mining area of Grandby Mines where coal was extracted for many years. Nature is busy reclaiming her territory.
I am standing underneath the above photo looking up at the holes the coal came through