CFFC: Up and Down We Wander

Ways to go up and down outside is Cee’s theme this week for her Fun Foto Challenge.

I think I would be too chicken to go up in a hot air balloon, but an enclosed cable car or funicular is fun.

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Cable car to Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Funicular from lower Old Quebec to upper Old Quebec, Quebec City, Canada

Many of the people going from upper to lower (or vice versa) Quebec opt for the stairs, as can be seen by the crowd of people ascending or descending the stairway near the funicular.
20171006_135914I use stairs as much as possible, even if I have to stop in the middle to catch my breath. Five years ago, I climbed these stairs – easier then than it would be now!

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Monk Mound, Cahokia Mounds State Park, Illinois (looking up)

 

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Looking down from the top of Monk Mound, Cahokia Mounds State Park, Illinois

Hiking is a lot more my style, especially when the path is smooth! We took a tram into Sabino Canyon in Tucson, Arizona and walked back, mostly uphill but easy, with beautiful views.DSC_0742
In Theodore Roosevelt National Park, in western North Dakota, we took a path up to a look-out point at the top of a canyon.  This is the path itself…

At the top, we saw this view looking down. The path in this picture is NOT the one we took! (Ours was much shorter; we drove halfway up.)  The park has many beautiful hiking trails for those younger and more fit than we are.  If you are one of them, be on the lookout for bison and wild horses. We saw both!
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We reached the summit, where we took photos, videos and admired the views. It was VERY windy up there!
20170527_112754It’s definitely worth going up, no matter how you do it because the views are spectacular. But what goes up must come down and go home! These photos were taken in my neighborhood in Des Plaines.

 

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A house with not one, but TWO stairways to the front door! I don’t suppose this house is handicapped accessible.

 

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Children’s favorite way to go up and down! On a playground with slides, jungle gyms and swings!  These are at West Park, Des Plaines, Illinois.

 

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A funky little ladder someone had left against a tree on my street.

 

 

 

 

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