It was forecast to be 95 today in the nation's capital, so we headed for the mountains. One of our favorite things to do as a family is hike. And one of our favorite place's to go since we moved to Washington, D.C. is go to Shenandoah. We really wanted to make sure we got to go one more time before we packed out.
We scouted out a new trail, the Rose River Loop. It was a 4 mile hike along the Rose River with waterfalls along the way.
When we started the hike, it was a lovely 70 degrees. But by the time we finished around 3:00, the mercury had definitely soared.
From a bridge over the river. Photo taken by Sam.
We came upon a few watering holes among the falls perfect for cooling off. Fortunately, we packed the kids' swimsuits and towels for lounging on the rocks and exploring the falls.
We suffered only one minor casualty....Sam got a little too close to the edge of one of the falls and slipped on the slick algae. He fell into one of the tide pools (he has a history of falling in water...since he was a toddler and fell into fountains), but he did so deftly and without hurting himself. He almost made it look like he did it on purpose!
On the way out of the park, we stopped for ice cream and milkshakes. The kids had a blast. All in all, we made a pretty good case for pulling the kids out of school, buying a camper van, and living off the land!