A middle of the week day off of work + Four very active, but tired of swimming every single day, kids = A day trip to the mountains where it's 10 degrees cooler.
And, the decision to head to the mountains happened at about 9:00 am, followed by a flurry to pack lunches and water bottles and get directions because there is no cell reception for GPS, and we were out the door by 10:00 am.
Team Peeler for the win.South Mountains State Park, and a wonderfully full afternoon of hiking and swimming and mountain adventuring.
The trail was only 2.7 miles, but because my kids climb every rock, hang from every tree, and jump every boulder, they probably walked 7.2 miles. No such thing as staying on the trail, conserving energy, or walking quietly and taking in the beauty around us.
Because my kids are stealth-like, they yelled amongst themselves to chase the deer and clambered the hillside to see if they could find them.
I'll taper your suspense: they never caught sight of the deer again.