Monday, March 9, 2015

Hiking at Gettysburg

 Once again, the weather threw a wrench in our weekend hiking plans. 
 Our area received 12 inches of snow this past Thursday, 
and that meant 12 inches of snow on the trails.  
So we took off to Gettysburg Battlefield again. 
Feeling a little more adventurous, we decided to go off road a bit and try one of the trails.

Of course, you can't actually see the trail when it's covered with 12 inches of snow. 
 I'm fairly certain that we were following more of a deer trail,
 if we were even following a trail at all.  
But that didn't really matter since the sun was shining
 and the temperature was near 50 degrees.

My son told me several times that if he didn't have his new trekking poles 
and hiking boots
he would have probably fallen off the "mountain"
(it was barely a hill, no steep drops, no cliffs just a gentle sloping hill).
We hiked to a peaceful spot along Rock Creek.
And I tried distracting the 8 year old 
by pointing out tracks in the snow 
and teaching him how to identify them.
(these are rabbit prints).
In total, we did about 3.5 miles
which isn't bad for throwing together a plan last minute.
Hoping next week we'll get to do something a little more strenuous.

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