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Viewpoint: The Search for Something Better
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We were feeling like maybe we needed a change of venue. Since moving to the area in 2005 we have enjoyed Lake Isabel. We have enjoyed fishing there, hiking around it, camping at one of the two camp grounds, using our kayaks, and enjoying the lodge.

But, 2005 was a long time ago, and it is several hours from our kids and grandkids. We pondered the possibility it may be time for a change, closer to the people we wanted to spend the time with.

We have made it our mission to discover a better place to go. Over Labor Day weekend we explored two spots. We made a trip to Paradise Cove Swimming Hole and Trail near Florissant. Nothing like an old swimming hole to bring out the kid in everyone.

From the parking lot the trail is a heavily trafficked one mile out and back trail. Our first hint should have been that it was described as a “Moderate” trail. The baby, the two-year-old, the four-year-old and even the six-year-old couldn’t do this moderate trail.

There are numerous cautions that jumping into the water from the cliff is not a good idea because the depth varies a great deal. You are told alcohol is prohibited because, well, it probably makes it more likely you’ll jump off the cliff.

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