where did we leave off? ah yes, the grotto. from the cliffs, you can easily see the grotto, but figuring out how to get down there, safely, is another story. we just could not figure it out. do we climb down the dangerous looking cliff like some people were? no thanks! do we jump into the water from maybe 50 feet up and swim to the grotto? well, i suppose you could, and people were, though it's definitely advised against by signs, but we had cameras, so that wasn't an option. we spent a good 20 minutes walking around looking for a way in until dylan finally saw someone poke their head out behind a boulder. ah ha! but then it hit me, we had to squeeze behind a boulder and very carefully tread down rocks until you hit the bottom. dylan went and took a look first to see how doable it was and gave us at the top the thumbs up. umm, guys, it was hard and i was freaking out. luckily, there were about 5 guys hanging in the middle that all helped me down! haha once i was able to get myself down there and take a few deep breaths to calm myself down, i was in awe of the beauty in front of me. i've never seen a grotto before, but it was the most stunning thing. unfortunately, pictures really can't even do it justice.
we see the grotto, but how do we get down??
oh this is what we have to climb through to get down to the grotto? ok sure. :/ #cuepanicattack
we made it!
a little more mountain goat action to get *into* the grotto.
dyl taking a dive in.
ah yes, we have to get back *up*.
luckily there was another young guy on the way up willing to help me, too. so between our friend behind me, and dylan and the random guy above me, i made it out!
the tobermory trio!
now that we've been, we will definitely be returning in future summers. this place is just too amazing and at a short drive away, there's no reason not to return next summer!