WE WANT TO PLAY!
I have been to Ribbon Falls numerous times but under more ideal conditions and always thought it to be a boring trail with no scenery and the Falls being under-whelming. Thank you to all the rains lately, I saw this area today in a whole new light. Ribbon Creek was fast and furious and overflowing in places.
Ribbon Falls looked like more than just ribbons of water flowing down. It was fast and furious just like the Creek. Like always, I scooted down to the lower view point but not like always, I held onto the rocks because the force of the spray alone was strong enough to move me in directions I didn't want to go.
The smaller falls to the side which is normally just a trickle was more like ribbons of flowing water. It doesn't look like many folks take this steep uphill detour, the path is overgrown and not obvious in parts. It was well worth taking the extra few minutes to experience this spot.
I didn't even attempt to battle my nemeses today! As soon as I saw this very very steep snowy slippery slope, I knew this was my turn-a-around point for the day. I was content to sit it out as others crossed to glory, climbing the chain section that would lead them to Ribbon Lake. I watched in awe as they worked their way across the snow, up the chains and out of sight. Upon their return, their faces so easily gave away the joy of such an accomplishment!
Well, this wasn't my highest spot physically but I will take it as today's summit shot. Rewards appear in many forms! I felt rewarded that now the sun was coming out, I could ditch the rain gear then do my pose in front of Ribbon Falls. I will mention too this turned out being roughly a 21km hike for me.