In honor of the “unofficial” kick-off of summer, we decided to head out on a hike. Just over the North Carolina border is a little trail that leads to a popular swimming spot called Midnite Hole. The last time we took the trail, it was way too cold to play in the water, so we thought we would try it again. William and Rob took their time on the trail, identifying trees and flowers as they went, while the twins and I ventured ahead in search of millipedes and centipedes and snails.
The forests around here are very thick, and it seems as if you can always hear things slithering along in the grass and leaves. I myself am not a big fan of things that slither or leave slimy trails in their wake, but they are excellent nature lessons for the kids so I try not to squeal anymore than absolutely necessary.
About a mile and a half up the trail we came to the swimming hole. People actually dive and do flips off of the rocks into the beautiful pool below. Luckily, the kids were content to swim around while trying to catch fish. They had to swim in their clothes so they were a little cold when we continued on down the trail, but Mouse Creek Falls was only another half mile away.
Mouse Creek Falls is a nice little spot where Mouse Creek dumps into Big Creek. We lingered for a little while, admiring the water and all the little rock towers that someone had built, and then we headed back to the car. The kids wanted to run back, so Rob made the announcement that the last one back was a rotten egg, and the race was on. It was only two miles back to the car, and somehow we all made it back in one piece. William came in first, of course, followed by the twins. Rob and I don’t bounce as well as we used to so we were a little more cautious on the way down. I did touch the van about 4 seconds before Rob, though, so I guess he was the rotten egg. 🙂