Monday, July 10, 2017

Smokey Mountains: Alum Cove Trail

Our family enjoys being outside, hiking, exploring, and discovering hidden gems in God's big playground. Our recent (and quick) visit in the Smokey Mountains was no exception. 
I am not exaggerating when I say that we may have stumbled on one of our favorite-to-date hiking trails. The Alum Cove Trail, about four miles, had the makings of FUN: a bubbling mountain river, huge boulders to climb, rock tunnels to explore, bridges to cross, thick and vibrant foliage, a wind-created cave, and very scenic views.
The trail was only four miles, but because everything is a natural obstacle course and my boys detour off the path more than they actually stay on the path, they likely climbed and jumped and rolled about six miles.
Jaxton was a trooper and walked most of the way up, minus the last 3/4 of a mile that was steep and full of a million steps. Lil Miss Annalyse held her own and hiked away - finding a baby salamander and a huge snail along the way.
The highlight was seeing a family of elk grazing nearby. (Or is it a herd? A pack? A cluster? A group? Whatever.) Daddy Moose had enormous, fuzzy antlers and the glossiest fur - sure wish we could have pet him. Three Mommy Moose and two babies stayed their distance from us, but they were so fun to watch!
Lots of fun pictures from our day of hiking - I'll let you peruse them without my unnecessary narration. Enjoy!
Being outside. Being active. Being together.

Making memories. Exploring creation. Sharing a common goal.

These are the moments that last forever.

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