Bringing you the second of the three part Halloween Haunted Trail of Tears. Last post I took you behind the scenes to give you a feel for what it takes to prepare for the event. Putting all the props together, getting them staged out on the trails and then the creativity phase of actually placing and building up the scenes. Today we are going to focus on what we call the Day Walk. Once everything is built I like to go through and take shots of the trail before the sun goes down. It takes on an entirely different feel once darkness falls which will be shown in the final post of this series. Note, due to the dramatic change that occurs, some guests actually prefer to experience the trail during the light in order to minimize the trauma and nightmares ha!
It is hard to really express how big the trail is. I keep reminding myself to calculate how long the walk is with all the offshoot paths etc. Each year that gets forgotten ugh. Our guests are probably more interested in the elevation change as it actually sits in a valley requiring both a healthy walk down and then an admittedly difficult walk back up. Although Linda and I discuss options every year to mitigate this (elevators, ATV shuttles, tow ropes..) there doesn’t seem to a viable resolution, although the idea of elevators sounds pretty cool hehehe.
Hit the jump to see a good representation of this year’s Haunted Trail of Tears.