Monday, April 7, 2008

Happy Trails

I was planning to save this post for Fun Fact Friday to save myself the pressure of having to come up with yet another, new fun fact. But, then, I started worrying that the flowers may no longer be in bloom if I wait, so I'm spilling the beans now.

Sunday, we decided to go hiking on the Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail. It is a trail on Pigeon Mountain in Walker County. There are beautiful wildflowers in bloom in late March to mid April. If you care to, you can read an article here about how long the flowers will be in bloom. There is also a trail just beyond the wildflower trail that leads to a waterfall, and a couple of other cool trails as well. These are very easy trails. In fact, the wildflower trail is completely boardwalked (so as not to disturb the flowers). So, you could easily take someone in a wheelchair if necessary. The beauty is absolutely breathtaking. Plus, the kids super love it. Of course, they are game for all the trails, but they are certainly easy enough for them to do, especially if you put the 3 year old on your shoulders from time to time. It is a great place to take pictures......although as soon as we got there, someone's small dog decided to jump up on Sara Kate getting muddy paw prints from hither to, I'm not the least bit bitter. I tried to hide that in the pictures as much as possible, and now, I'm wishing that I had put something on them other than play clothes.....but they did get dirty, so I guess it's a trade off. You'll have to decide that one on your own.

Here are some pictures of our little hike. If you get the chance to go, you should. It is gorgeous, just go fairly soon. We went last year as well, but it was too late. The flowers were not blooming, but we still had a fun hike. We might be up to going again, if anyone wants to go, let us know.


jonesfamily said...

What a great way to celebrate Bryce's big day at church. Seeing the pictures reminds me of my favorite place, Cades Cove, up near Gatlinburg, TN. Wade

Tamara Chastain said...

Beautiful pics! We'd love to go sometime. Thanks for sharing.

Joe & Cyndi Rogers said...

Those pictures are great. It does sound like you had a wonderful Sunday and the hike looked beautiful! We will have to try it soon.

I am so glad you had such a great Sunday and I was so proud to see Bryce baptized on Sunday! He looked like such a big boy! (I will get your pix to you on Wednesday!) Your new family photo on the blog looks GREAT!

Love you Farmers!


Jess said...

Great shots and great day to be out and about, huh. And looks like a beautiful place to spend it.
(Like your updated family photo, too! You've been busy!!) :)


Tammy said...

Those are great pictures, even if they are playclothes!

The Wild World of Richmond said...

That's what I was gonna say...those play clothes look mighty nice....awesome pics. We've gotten some really good wildflower pics at the Chattanooga Nature Center before. The wildflowers reminded me of that.
We may have to check that out this weekend.

Brittany said...

You guys are quite the avid hikers. The place is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

Brittany said...

oh, and love the new family pic!

Anonymous said...

I would love to get my whole crew
together and go hiking with ya'll.
We love new places to hike. It looks like you have found a great place.
Thanks so much for giving your time and wisdom to Katie and Candice. They had a ball. It is times like last night that will help shape their future. Thanks so much!!!!
Love you

Erik and Angela Green said...

yes she was quite funny out there. If the cameras got it oh my Lord they will laugh out loud. paddling always worked for me too

Klingbeil Family said...

What beautiful pictures - especially the ones with the children in them - precious!! We would love to go hiking with you guys anytime.

chelle belle said...

Beautiful pictures!
Beautiful children!
Beautiful day!
I just love a nice hike!

Love you guys,

Anonymous said...

What can I say? Great pictures. Sorry Papa Tom and I had to miss Sunday and Bryce's big day. I thought about you all as I was on my way to Texas.

Keep the pictures coming and I especially love the new family one.

Grandma Sheryl