My next surprise in store, was a hike at one of my favorite places, Garden of the Gods. We had not been there since I was pregnant with Cody. Somehow the vision of an unpredictable, energetic, highly non-fearful little boy, not to mention any names, dashing towards the edge of the cliffs has curbed our desire to visit this beautiful place until now. We finally felt that he was old enough to listen and know the consequences (falling off the edge and splatting like a bug). I gave both of them a huge talk before we got out of the car. I actually made them quite fearful, "this is a dangerous place", "children have died falling off these rocks", "adults go first", "no running, pushing, or going to the edge", etc. I got a "Yes ma'am" from both of them. Then my serious, cautious thinker added, "Why did you take us to such a dangerous place? I don't think I want to go."
But he soon got over that when he saw how beautiful it was and saw the rocks to climb on. Caleb was extremely cautious and careful as always. Cody surprisingly (thankfully) was in excellent behavior and waited for Daddy to climb a rock, help him over, then sat still as could be in the spot Daddy put him in.
Here is Camel Rock.
The boys goofing off at Table Rock pretending they are hanging off the edge.
Kevin and I used to come here alot with my dad when we were young. Being there always brings back memories of being there as a child. Dad loves it here too. Actually we were with Kevin, Dad, Lori, and Troy the last time we came, if I remember correctly.