Recharge Day – Hiking Through the Woods

If you have kids, then you know how tiring the darling little buggers can be. I have a 7-year-old daughter and a 16-month-old son. I love them dearly, but sometimes I need a break from the constant “Mom. Ma. Mommy.” Sometimes I need a recharge.

Today was that day.

My husband and I are off work this week, so today we dropped the kiddos off to school and daycare and headed to Backbone State Park. We spent 4 hours ambling along the trails, stopping at leisure,  and snacking on goods we had picked up at the Amana Colonies the day before.

At one point we were on the one trail marked strenuous in the park. It’s not a long trail but the steep elevation shift makes it strenuous. Since it’s a tougher trail, it’s not as well used and tended to. We were walking along the narrow trail–walking, walking, walking–and then the trail ended. Quite abruptly. It was then that we realized we were on a deer trail and most likely had been for quite a while. After some off-trail compass and map navigation, we found another trail, no worse for the wear but covered in stick-tites and a few scratches.

We ended our trek just shy of 9 miles traveled. Good conversations and some much needed green therapy.

We then enjoyed a late lunch and a stroll through Barnes & Noble. Bliss.


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