We love to get out into nature with the boys. They always notice things I would never see, or interpret things in a way I wouldn't. I decided to view this hike in Laurel Hill State Park through their eyes.
Come join us as we hike Hemlock Trail. I thought we were exploring an ancient stand of Eastern Hemlocks - boy, was I wrong!
We immediately stumbled upon a squirrel family's dining table. We think we interrupted their meal since it appeared to be abandoned in haste:
Then we found a little stone house! Did this belong to the squirrel family or a family of gnomes?
Lest you think we ignored the ancient hemlocks altogether, we did take a moment to marvel at the girth of this trunk. Can you see three boys trying to reach all the way around?
The life within a mountain stream is mesmerizing from this perspective.
The boys spent a long time crossing this stream to reach this puzzling construction. Was it built by natives? Is it some sort of fishing contraption?
What do you make of this growth of roots?
Oh, clearly it is a seat for a child, silly!
Try it - head out for a hike (even in the backyard) this weekend and pay attention to what the kids see!