Yesterday, from Georgia to Maine, families enjoyed Family Hiking Day along the Appalachian Trail. Trenton, Charlotte, and I were one of the families hiking! Jarrod and Evelyn were supposed to come too, but Evelyn has been vomiting since Tuesday, so Jarrod stayed home with her.
Trenton and Charlotte had so much fun! The event was very well organized and had plenty to keep the kids busy. Before our hike, Trenton and Charlotte learned about serviceberry trees throughout the seasons, decorated water pouches, and made exploration tubes.
Then it was time for our hike. There were three different hikes to choose from, and we chose one called “About That Bubble” about why the lake and creek around Boiling Springs bubbles. We found out that the lake is not boiling, but there are tubes underground causing the water to bubble. We also found out that the water stays at a constant 52-54 degrees year round. There went my plans for ice skating on Children’s Lake! We saw an underwater cave/tube that people go diving in (the thing looked TINY – I can’t imagine diving in it), spotted a water snake, and learned about magma, rock layers, and dikes. Trenton, of course, had a ton of questions for our guide, but thankfully he saved most of them for after the hike was over.
And guess who showed up to Appalachian Trail Conservancy Office just as we were finishing up our hike…
Trenton loved Smokey. Charlotte loved Smokey from afar. And both kids loved reading a book about the story of the real Smokey Bear.
We had a fantastic time at Family Hiking Day, and even made it back in time for the Aggie game (it was ugly, but it was a win!). Now if we could just get Evelyn healthy….