Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Quebec Province deux


When I left you last we were walking around old city Quebec. We had walked to the top a long hill and done a walking tour of the fort. We planned on participating in a walking tour of the city itself, but we were tired. So we walked to the tourist information building and asked the woman what we could do or see that would not involve any more walking.

She looked confused.

Why would we be in Quebec City and not want to walk. She suggested a couple of musee (museums) where we could sit in ‘conditioned air.’ We suggested maybe a boat tour and she perked up saying that was a good idea. So we walked to the boat tour place only to find out the last tour for the day was already headed out.

We really wanted to be in town for dinner and the evening lights. But it was only 2 in the afternoon. We sat in a square for awhile but it felt like we were just sitting to while away the time.

So we decided to drive to some waterfalls we had heard about, even though that would mean giving up our valuable parking spot in town. The falls were only a few miles out of town and we figured the drive would be nice, we could rest, restore, and then come back to town for dinner.

This is what they looked like:

Montmorecy Falls

Montmorecy Falls

Yes, you see correctly. Those are stairs to the right headed up to a bridge at the top. You know us right? How many of you think we walked up there even though we had, only an hour before, been looking for something to do that did not involve walking?

A better look at the stairs.

A better look at the stairs.

You would be correct. Because if there’s something to do that gets us higher, gets us a view, challenges us….well…

Part of the way to the top.

Part of the way to the top.

…then you’ll see us there. Though we did say in 10 years when we are 70 we might just look at it from down below.

Good place to rest.

Good place to rest.

Maybe. But I wouldn’t count on it.

At the top of the stairs you walk along a long path and finally you get to the bridge.

This thing sways a bit.

This thing sways a bit.

Which of course you must walk across. And stop in the middle and stare down at the water rushing past.

And try not to think about it.

On the other side are more stairs to get you closer to the water.

Not doing the zip line.  Nope.  Nadda.  No way.

Not doing the zip line. Nope. Nadda. No way.

Yes, that’s a zip line. Lucky for me they closed it for the season at the beginning of September.

By now it was getting late so we went back across the bridge and back down the stairs to the car. Where we came upon a large number of people walking toward the stairs wearing orange hard hats and repelling like gear. A special event of sorts was going on..they were going to use the zip line.

Lucky them.

Gonna walk up a gazillion stairs to fling themselves across a waterfall.

Gonna walk up a gazillion stairs to fling themselves across a waterfall.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

11 thoughts on “Quebec Province deux

  1. I don’t know if the temptation to get to the top would outweigh the agony of getting to the top or not. I know it would be a slow climb because I have hit that age.


  2. Would you have used the zip line? I’ve always thought it would be great fun!


  3. Zip line? No way. No how. Why, even that swaying bridge looks sketchy to me! As do those wooden stairs. Dawn, I love to walk, too, but I’ve got to say, you’re a brave woman!


  4. Well fling themselves across a waterfall seems like a better option than going down all those stairs. An you thought you were to tired for the walking tour, bet as your were climbing those stairs you thought differently. Definitely a pretty sight to see. Nice they had those covered areas going up the steps.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot


  5. Montmorency Falls! I had forgotten about that part of my long ago visit to Quebec! I don’t know if the stairs were there back then, and definitely not the zip line! Thanks for sharing. I will probably be digging around for my old photo album from those days later tonight 🙂


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