This past Sunday afternoon our family decided to take in the beautiful colors of fall and enjoy the fresh outdoor air. With every weekend seemingly full with one thing or another these past couple of months, we haven't yet made it to the mountains for a weekend of hiking. We decided that before Hurricane Sandy blew through and took all the leaves off the trees, we should find a place close by and explore to our hearts content.
Crowders Mountain is less than an hour from our home and was perfect for an afternoon hike. With several trails to choose from, we opted for the Pinnacle Trail.
Because, clearly, the description of being a "strenuous 1.7 mile (one-way) trail" didn't phase these eager parents who were eager to show their kids "the summit of King's Pinnacle, the highest point in Gaston Country at 1,705 feet."
So, with water bottles full, sneakers tied tight, and Annalyse settled comfortably on Daddy's back, we were off!I enjoyed the brilliant colors - is anyone else amazed by the beauty of red and yellow leaves? The boys enjoyed climbing on boulders and racing to see who could discover the next trail marker on a tree. And Annalyse and Daddy enjoyed some one-on-one time together since they were connected for the afternoon.
Once at the top, we relished the views! The colors. The breeze. The sight. The distance. The magnitude of God's glorious creation.