Monday, February 9, 2015

Weekend Hike With the Scouts

 This past week I wasn't able to make it to the gym, and with a weekend camping trip planned with the Cub Scouts, I wasn't sure I would get a decent hike in either.  Luckily, the weather cooperated, and we were able to get out on the trail.  Our Scout District's local camp actually has part of the Appalachian Trail running through it.  I had plans to try to hike to it, but the boys were cold and the snow got deeper and harder to walk through the higher in elevation we got. 

I love taking the Scouts on hikes.  Most of them are so eager to learn and see hikes as a mini adventure.  Because of the snow on the ground, I was able to point out deer, rabbit and racoon tracks.  We also worked on identifying different tree species. But mostly the kids were interested in finding "hiking sticks".

 We hiked for a while until the majority of the group pleaded to head back to camp (there were some who wore sneakers instead of boots), so we decided to turn back.  Though my son, in a rare adventurous moment, asked to hike to the next bend in the road because he saw something interesting he wanted to check out.  We hiked until the snow became a little too deep to walk through comfortably (especially for a smallish person), but we were able to see that the area of interest was the Boy Scout Shotgun Range. 

 All in all, it was a great hike 
and it felt good to be outdoors.

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