The Secret At The Top of The Staircase

The last remnants of snow seep into the forest floor revealing the old staircase. The vines and litter that coat them make for a slippery climb to the top. Taking care to be aware of my foot placement I started to ascend. My heart began to race about one third of the way up. I began to sense a trap. What would it be? Poison darts or would the huge log ahead of me dislodge itself and come rolling towards me? Or maybe the steps would just fall away and drop me into a snake pit. Nervously I take another step. There’s a creaking noise from somewhere near the top and I freeze. The tension in my legs tells me that I’ve instinctively prepared myself to spring out of the way. I began to suspect that the the trap must be that the trees will all come tumbling down and crush me. I look more closely at the next few stairs and make certain that there’s no trip wires or secret switches. Slowly but surely I take the next step and the one after that. I’m well past the point of no return as I make my way over the logs. I paused for a moment and adjusted my fedora before taking the last step and learning the secret that waits at the top. Do you want to know what I found? Can you guess the secret truth that was revealed to me? Well then, I’ll share it with you now. What I learned was… that I’ve seen way too many Indiana Jones movies and there’s nothing at the top of this staircase but creaky trees. Adventure is a state of mind that keeps us young. Thank you for joining me for this one!

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10 thoughts on “The Secret At The Top of The Staircase

  1. I recognize those stairs. Across the road from the Alloy post office. Used to lead to a church many years ago. If you had ventured further you might have stumbled over the final resting place of others who have climbed those steps. As always you are a good photographer and writer as well. I enjoy your work.

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    1. Thank you! I found out that there was a church at the top of the staircase that was torn down years ago. And, a graveyard that dates back to before the American Civil War! I’m actually going to try and find some of the historic graves this Spring and I’m going with a guide. I want to try and preserve some of the history but the graveyard has not been kept up since the 1970s and I don’t know what I’ll find.

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      1. A guide isn’t really required however she’s been there before and has an idea of where everything is. The site is within view of the main road but I’ve driven by every day for 20 years and never spotted the first gravestone. They might be hard to find without help. Also, it’s pretty steep and I might need help with equipment.

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      2. Ah, that sounds really exciting! It’s interesting how we can miss something that we’ve been walking or driving past for years. I can’t wait to see what you find out and I’m sure there’ll be a blog post. 😉

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