|Helen Hunt Falls|
When we had completed our shopping, we still had a few hours left before dinnertime, so Kali asked if I wanted to tackle a hike at Garden of the Gods. I told her that I had another idea, and we set out for North Cheyenne Canyon, another Colorado Springs city park set in a deep, narrow eponymous canyon. At the head of the canyon are two waterfalls: Helen Hunt Falls and Silver Cascade (or Spoon) Falls. Helen Hunt Falls, named for a Colorado Springs writer and abolitionist who loved the canyon, is immediately adjacent to the road and has been "loved to death." It was challenging to get the image of the falls accompanying this post because, most of the time, the falls is festooned with kids. Helen Hunt's earthly remains originally had been buried near the falls in the canyon, but she was so beloved that her grave site was constantly overrun by people paying their respects, so her family had her remains interred elsewhere. Poor Helen.
|The stream above Helen Hunt Falls|
|View northeastward down North Cheyenne Canyon toward Colorado Springs and the prairie|
I wonder what Helen Hunt would think of North Cheyenne Canyon today. Perhaps she'd be glad it was protected as parkland (even if it is swarming with people) rather than developed with McMansions with "million dollar views."