One hundred fifty-eight steps.
We climbed all one hundred fifty-eight of them to get to the top, where an overlook of the city of Stillwater, Minnesota awaited us.
Last Saturday Rick and I celebrated our upcoming anniversary by taking a day trip to Stillwater, located on the scenic St. Croix River. On the way there, we stopped to unload our bikes from the back of our car, and pedaled down the beautiful, mostly flat Gateway Trail. This trail offers eighteen miles of paved road for non-motorized travel, but we didn’t come close to biking all eighteen! We did, however, ride for an hour.
Following this excursion, we loaded up our bikes and continued on to Stillwater, where we had lunch on the deck of the Dock Café. This is our favorite lunch place when we go to Stillwater, and the weather was perfect—cool and sunny.
Then, after a short time of shopping, we took the challenge of the one hundred fifty-eight steps. Why hadn’t we taken them before? We go every year! Maybe we didn’t notice them. Or maybe we just ignored them. I’m not sure, but climbing them really wasn’t that hard and the beautiful, panoramic view was worth the trip!
Author Shana Alexander said:
“This is what holidays, travels, vacations are about. It is not really rest or even leisure we chase. We strain to renew our capacity for wonder, to shock ourselves into astonishment once again.”
Perhaps this is why we return to Stillwater every year. The view is truly wonder-filled. And that’s a good thing. One hundred fifty-eight steps included!