I think this time to buy some hiking shoes now.
I hate leaving my fur babies when we go on vacation. But this trip was different in a good way. We took a break from our busy lives and went to Breckenridge, Colorado, for his mother's family reunion. It was a wonderful time to get together and reconnect with everyone who we hadn't seen in quite some time. We had so much fun in Breckenridge exploring all the little stores downtown and spending more time with his mom.
When we woke up, we didn't want to leave, but we had to make it back home to our fur babies. When we were coming back home from our trip to Breckenridge which is around a 6 hour drive, we made plenty of stops along the way to get lunch, bathroom breaks, switching who is driving and who is playing DJ. It was a fun time.
When we came upon Wolf Creek Pass, we stopped to get pictures of the waterfall. I got my camera out after seeing it on the side of the road. We pulled over and ran across the highway and walked toward the waterfall. We took some pictures there, then Nik had an idea: walking up the side of the waterfall to get some shots from above.
Now keep in mind, I was wearing my high-top Converse shoes, which didn't provide much traction for climbing. So we started up—and all you could hear were rocks rolling down around us with every step we took. We didn't even get halfway up before the trail got too steep; Nik said let's turn around before someone falls down! He turned around and started going back down—fast.
I tried to keep my balance as he moved quickly down a rocky hillside; meanwhile encouraging me from below: "Be careful you don't want to fall." As I climbed down the rocky hillside, I slipped and fell. Although I was able to save my camera, I sustained some serious bruises on my hips and back from all the rocks.
To avoid a similar experience in the future, it's a good idea to wear appropriate attire when climbing up steep hillsides.