The AT is marked with a 'white blaze' which is how you know you're still on the correct trail...assuming you intend to be on the AT, that is.
Today was completely gorgeous so I dragged the kids to Washington Monument State Park outside of Boonsboro, MD for a little hike. I thought we could do a nice, easy 1.5 miles out and back for a total of 3 miles - which my kids can do and have done many times. We aren't running a 6:00 m/m, but walking along, sipping water and munching snacks.
We started out by hiking up to the top of the tower and looking around
photo credit MD DNR
On this portion of the trail, you hike UP to the tower. To continue on the AT, you hike DOWN into the woods. My IT Band said, Hello there! during this downhill portion. grrrrr
I have never been to this particular park, and the kids were really excited and found all sorts of new things to look at, like this hole in the bottom of a tree
Ella developed a little tummy ache around mile 1.4. It seemed silly to turn around so close to our goal so we sat for a bit, munched a snack and when her tummy felt better, we kept on going.
I took the picture of E and H and then noticed J and S in the background. Turned out pretty cool
Shane, on the other hand... I think my new nickname for him is Napoleon...he's short and bossy with big ideas. He wanted to be first which is nothing new. He always wants to be first and I always tell him, 'you'll just have to run faster if you want to be first.'
Usually he responds to this by going faster to catch up. Today there must have been a westerly wind blowing
because he just fell apart. Screaming and throwing himself...and his backpack and whistle...on the ground. I already don't have any patience so when he starts with his lose-all-control tantrums, I want to just walk away and leave him to scream it out. Obviously I can't do that in the woods so we stood around while he gained some sense of self control, and then we started walking back. Then he tripped and fell and scratched his hand and refused to move at all.
After Ella's tummy ache Hank held her hand to help her along. So sweet!
So I did what any mom would do; I picked his little hiney up and carried him. My little monkey was pretty wiped out from all his antics and a hug from mommy really helped his attitude. While I was happy the screaming was over, I was now committed to carrying my 40+ pound five year old and a 15+ pound backpack about a mile over a rocky trail that goes UP a mountain.
Yea, my leg is pretty much done for today. I'm rotating my ice bag from my hip flexor, to my IT and then my knee. sigh...
Very thankfully, Ella rallied for the hike to the car, and Hank and Jake didn't give me any trouble so I just had to contend with The Little Corporal.
This little guy seemed to be following us. Spring is coming!!
So what started out as a nice leisurely hike turned into a full scale work out for me. And we all earned a scoop of ice cream for our effort. Good thing we needed to stop by the dairy to get more milk. I don't mind the kids getting ice cream from our dairy because they make it onsite with their milk which has no hormones and comes from grassfed cows.
It's amazing how ice cream soothes the savage beast. Everyone was mellow and happy the rest of the way home. Too bad it's so fattening; I would be tempted to set up an ice cream IV for a couple of my kids. hahaha!