The post for May 11 . . . continues here for Part 2
(See Part 1 here.)
|Here comes our boat.|
|On our way|
|Engaged in river activities|
|Castelnaud down river|
|Our boating successors|
|Mary Ellen, our assistant leader|
|A view from the top|
|Anyone for something cool?|
|Any of my La Sab peeps still out there,|
inspecting les pierres dans les murs?
|Last normal picture|
Down down down over rough cobblestone pathways, each step perilous with the potential ankle twist, slip-slide or tumble. If I thought my thighs had been burning in Castelnaud, that was a trifle. But I continued on, step by cautious step -- do they have helicopter rescues? -- with not a misstep! I didn't think I'd be able to climb back up into the bus, then upstairs to my room at the hotel, but I made those, too. It's hard to imagine how people manage to live so vertically. (Why not more stairs????)
|Hmmm. Looking a little steeper.|
|We're at the river. No photos in between.|
|Yes. We "walked" down from up there.|
Walking wasn't over for the day. We still had a group dinner to go to at a restaurant back down toward Old Town, naturally with a trip up another spiral staircase to the dining room with my trusty walking stick. My thighs stood up to the test of the descent from the dining room after dinner. I took that last step at the bottom soooo carefully. Home free, I thought, until a few steps later, I stepped into space into the "sunken" bar en route to the exit, to the frantic cry of "Attention!" from the bartender. And did a graceful tumble to the floor.
Honest! Didn't even hurt. I did a bit of a tuck-and-roll, ending in a seated position, not even needing that little rest for the shock of a fall. All this goes to show I just cannot let my attention wander from each step I take. Some things about getting older are the pits. (I always fell down. Just look at the pictures of me as a kid, always with bandages on my knees. But it's potentially more dangerous as I age.)
Nonetheless, at the end of the day, I exclaimed, "What fun it's been today!" and those thighs are going to toughen up.
See you tomorrow.