Some of my favorite days for hiking are the sunny, warmish days we occasionally have during the winter.  Although there isn’t typically a lot of color, I find the bare, neutral tone forest very relaxing.  Plus it’s very quiet, other than maybe the sound of the breeze.

One of our favorite places to hike nearby is Roaring River.  We’ve been there a thousand times but I always enjoy it, especially now that the girls are old enough that I don’t have to carry them up that incredibly steep hill on the Devils Kitchen trail.  Here are a few photos from the day…

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We started our afternoon with a picnic along the river.  A few people were trout fishing in the clear blue water.


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I had Steph take this photo of me.  Bridget and Andy gave me this super cool shirt which I felt like was appropriate to wear on this hike.


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This has been a favorite spot of mine for as long as I can remember.  It’s fun to climb around with my girls on the same rocks and explore the same caves and passageways as I did when I was their age.

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Inside the “kitchen”, the girls were able to squeeze through several passages that I couldn’t fit through.

We finished the day by feeding the trout and hiking up to the top of the Deer Leap trail.  And then hitting up DQ on the way home.  What a great Saturday!