This one is a bitter sweet cache for me.
Finding it was a blast and it goes onto my favorites list. We got some great pics of the bridge, a cool lizard, and some nice views.
However the return down the mountain is the bitter part. You see, my wife decided to take Baby Buckeye (age 3) back down because she was getting hot. So we parted ways. I took Thing 2 of Thing 1 and Thing 2 with me and the rest of the clan went with Mamma Buckeye. Thing 2 and I made it to the bridge, did what we had to do and began the return trip down the mountain. Half way down we ran across another family. They informed us that we better be careful going down because a lady just broke her ankle about a half an hour ago. I asked did she have kids. "Yes". I also asked what she was wearing and he described my wife’s outfit. Oh _hit! Thing 2 and I took off running down the mountain.
When we arrived at the picnic area, there she was all laid-out on the table bench with the park police just arriving. A group of onlookers all around and my kids running toward me yelling, “Mom broke her ankle”. Thing 2 and I were out of breath and drying to have something to drink but my wife's foot was resting on the cool. We didn't want her to move and we toughed it out.
Luckily a passerby was very near my wife and family when the accident occupied. She happened to be a nurse. There also was another gentleman that helped/carried my wife the rest of the way down the mountain. I didn't get any of their names but I do want to express my thanks to all them that helped us out in this situation.
My wife will be spending the next few days in the hospital in the Comanche Memorial Hospital in Lawton, OK with three broken ankle bones. Surgery was being planned for tonight or early in the AM as the kids and I were preparing to leave since we just day tripped this outing.