On our way to town we would spot the fire tower I'd read about, that you could climb on. So we just casually stopped on our way back one day, parked the car in the smallish lot, and headed onto the trail. We really should have paid more attention to the folks coming down from the trail, who were wearing shorts and sneakers to our skirts and flip-flops. A short time later Alla was making this face, sure that if we didn't turn back we were going to find ourselves in immediate peril.We assured Fisher that we'd be back after nap, and by 4:30 we were back on the trail, as promised. Notice the better choice of clothing, hats, sunglasses, bug spray. We were set.
Are steps cheating? I mean, you have to take the help where you can get it when you're left to carry two kids up tall steps while your wife hangs back to take pictures.We went up two flights and told the kids we'd let them climb all the way when they got older.
It was a bit rickety. And that, my friends, is the extent of this family's hiking for 2011.