Aside: Have I mentioned how much I am starting to hate that word, "boring"? My youngest child has been using it a LOT lately to describe ANY activity that doesn't involve video games or eating pizza.
We eventually got everything and everyone packed in the car and headed across the Potomac into Maryland. Once across the Point of Rocks bridge, we hung a sharp right turn and headed down to have a picnic lunch and go for a hike around Sugarloaf Mountain south of Frederick, MD.
Sugarloaf is unique in that it's privately owned, but open to the public AND free of charge. There are several trails criss-crossing throughout the park, and you can either download a trail map on their website, or you can pick one up at any of the kiosks in the parking areas.
Hike Stats from Garmin Connect: I don't know if this will display in topographic mode the way I was viewing it when I clicked on "embed." If it doesn't, then I recommend clicking on "TOPO" in the upper right corner to get a feel for where we hiked around the top of the mountain.
ES checking out the view from the northern lookout.
Of course, there are several geocaches around Sugarloaf. YB was VERY excited that he found this geocache at the northern lookout. Unfortunately, it had slipped out of its hiding spot and fell down into this crevice.
None of us could reach it.
Next, we headed up the Red Trail toward the summit.
ES checks out the view of the Potomac River from the top of Sugarloaf.
Me and my boys on top of Sugarloaf
Going from the summit back down to the parking lot, we took the Green Trail which is mostly stairs. We saw several people rock climbing on either side of the stairs.
Back at the parking lot, ES borrowed my wife's camera to record Lotis' participation in the day's hike.
Checking out things in the distance.
YB said, "Do you want to take a close up?" Next thing I knew, they had jury-rigged their own version of a zoom lens.
I never heard the boys say, "this is boring" during the hike. I actually heard them say pleasant things like, "I like climbing on rocks," and "no, we like it here" (when it was time to go and I was trying to get them to come with me toward the parking lot). That was a nice change from the battles we waged to get them in the car to leave the house.
Deja vu, no? I wonder if it'll ever change (i.e. the boys will go willingly).
Overall, I couldn't have asked for a nicer day weather-wise and we had a wonderful family outing.