One of These Days, I’m Gonna Climb That Mountain…

It’s only taken us 4 years…πŸ™„

But, then again, look how long it’s been since my last blog. Yeah, we’re real go getters!

Seriously, though, we’ve finally realized it’s high time we explore these beautiful mountains around us. We’ve started hiking trails in the area on the weekends and have fallen in love! We’ve trekked two the past few weeks and Saturday we decided to try out the trails at Jack Rabbit in Hayesville, NC.

Our journey started out all smiles. It was a little cool to begin with that morning but that would soon change!

Not far into the hike and along the trail, we noticed some very strange growth patterns of some of the trees. Very neat!

We also found some beautiful flowers. But a lot of things haven’t bloomed yet so we hope to go back in a few weeks and see them in all their glory.

The trail took us by the lake and we were able to get some great shots of the water.

Our favorite parts were the “beach” areas. Titus really enjoyed letting the water wash over his feet. Oh yeah, we’ve had a baby boy since my last post! Surprise! πŸ™‚

And of course, no hike is complete without running across a snake…or 3! 😳 These guys were way too close. We didn’t even see a couple of them laying right beside the path until we had passed. Yikes! Needless to say, we were doing some serious scouring for slithering things!

At the intersection of several of the trails we saw this erected in the path. Not sure what it was there for but was pretty cool. Maybe a victory monument?

Of all the things we came across, there’s one thing we found that not many can say they’ve discovered in the middle of the woods…and I’m not talking about Big Foot (sorry to disappoint you)! We found an Easter Egg!
And guess what? There was actually a treat inside and everything! Someone had put a Larabar and a slip of paper with a hashtag on it inside. I wouldn’t eat it (even though I love Larabars) but leave it to my husband to throw caution to the wind and gobble it up! We HAD just hiked 6 miles so I guess it was hard to resist. And he’s still alive so no harm, no foul…right? 😬

And no, Β that wasn’t a type-o. 6 miles. I carried Titus in the Tula for most of it but the girls did great! They only started complaining towards the end. To be honest, I was beginning to wonder if we’d ever come out of those woods too! Needless to say, we were walking a lot slower and were a lot hotter on the way out!
When we got home, a couple of us crashed and several others had to have a foot soak with some essential oils and Epsom salt. πŸ˜‰

We’re looking forward to another adventure next weekend!

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