Thursday, July 9, 2009

Summer Hike #1

In an attempt to get out of the house more and get some exercise while we are off for the summer, we decided to start hiking. My original goal was two hikes per week, but then I bought a book of hikes and found that many of the hikes listed are a bit of a drive from us, so we'll see about the two times per week thing.

We started off with one that is closer to home: Point No Point.

Length: 1 1/2 miles
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Views: Beach and forest
Wildlife: deer, snake, jellyfish, seal
Kids: Cranky

This hike starts off at the light house at Point No Point. It goes through a little wetland area along the beach and then moves uphill into the forest. It was a fairly easy hike, although that didn't stop Simon from whining through the whole thing. We took a pit stop at the very beginning to walk out to the water, where the boys threw a few rocks. I guess boys just don't outgrow the need to throw rocks.

Shortly after getting back on the trail, we spotted a mother deer and her baby. Very cute, but I didn't get a good picture. They didn't let us get close before heading back into the woods.

The wooded part of the trail had a lot of fallen old growth trees, like this one:

The trail goes through the woods then ends on a residential street. We followed the road back towards the Point No Point park and then played on the beach. Simon complained at first that he just wanted to go home, but then once he had his shoes off and was playing in the sand, he was happy.

This would be a great place to go just to hang out on the beach on a nice day. The sand was soft and good for making sandcastles. We saw some jellyfish hanging out on the sand and a seal in the water. It's that small dot above Simon's head in the picture. There were a few seals swimming around while we were there.

Overall, it was a good way to start the day. Looking forward to the next one.

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