Yesterday was our 14th anniversary, so we decided it was a good day to attempt the hardest hike we have tried with the whole family. White Cap Mountain on the Appalachian trail was a gorgeous hike, well maintained, but seriously tough! It was a little over 6 miles and 4 1/2 hours round trip of strenuous hiking, and everyone (even Lily!) except Claire hiked the whole thing with nary a complaint.
We had a nice chat with an older couple who had set up camp by the shelter and they supplied us with some filtered water from the mountain stream. We all looked wistfully at their set-up as they sat there sipping their hot coffee, listening to the sound of the running water thinking how nice it would be to camp out. We are thinking next year a two-day hike with a camp out will be on the to-do list. What a great way to spend our anniversary.
I don't have a picture, but my mom also made it up this killer of a mountain Go Mom!! My poor Dad had to stop about 1/2 a mile from the top, not quite feeling up to doing the whole thing. Next year Dad!
We left the kids in town with my parents for pizza and Christian and I quickly rushed home to clean up before making it a few minutes late for our reservations at Maynard's for dinner. What a day!