Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Another Saturday, another trail

 Life has been busy, but it has been summer vacation here for two weeks now.  I need to catch up!

Last Saturday, we took off for the Rich Mountain.  There are two Rich Mountains where we live, but the one we were going to hike is part of Moses Cone Memorial Park, which is on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Even though the trail we took was a 7 mile loop from our car to the top and back, it was an easy 7 miles as they are only carriage roads.

It was a cool June day, with highs in the mid 60's and a good breeze going.  So, it was weird telling the kids to pack sweatshirts in June.  But it is Boone.

We love how the long trails really give the kids a chance to just hang out and talk.

We met some cows along the way.  There seem to be a lot of cows in Watauga County for some reason.  The cows did not seem to want our attention though.

 At the top, there was a nice place to sit and rest and each a snack.  We were hungry after hiking at this point for 2 miles, but our lunch packer only packed 7 apples, 1 orange and 3 grapefruit.  So, it was a small lunch between the 6 of us.

 Along the way, Matt had fun trying out my new camera with some more artistic pictures.  It is amazing what a camera can do when there are more manual settings.

 We were almost at the end when it seemed that we split into 2 groups.  The kids were anxious to find the car so that we could go back to Boone and find more food.  We were on the trail for 5 hours and they were hungry.
This trail was not one of the favorites as it was an easy trail and there was not much to see.  It was nice to check off another trail.  We are hoping to explore a lot of new trails this summer.

How long is the longest trail you have done with your kids?


  1. Last year we decided to go up the canyon and walk from one picnic area to another. We pulled into the first one and started walking. It took us about 1.5hrs to get to the next picnic area. Yes that is one way! If we pulled into the second picnic area it only would have taken us 30 minutes. That's ok. The Little Chefs were troupers and did not complain much at all. It was beautiful and we had many things to look at to distract them.

  2. What fun! We love hiking. And look how cute they all look in the first picture!

  3. What a nice way to spend a Saturday. Your photos are darling and I can almost smell the mountain air! I wish I lived near on still. Thank you for sharing your adventures!

  4. How nice. Our longest hike was 12 miles at Yosemite (our then 5 year old walked/climbed the whole trail!!!) We did not pack enough food either, though more from miscalculating the calorie expenditure of the climb than from leaving the packing to a creative soul.

  5. You must live close to me! Was it a hard trail? My kids always want to go hiking, but only because they've never been. And they're too big to carry if they decide half way through that it's "too hard!"

  6. That looks and sounds like a wonderful time - I love getting out in nature. It makes me wish I had more time for hiking!