It was a beautiful drive up the mountain and we arrived around 11. We had bathroom breaks and checked out the visitor's center and map. Then I gave the kids a quick snack and we set out on the "Story of the Forest" nature trail.
Henry saw this tree and insisted that I take a picture of it. He says it looks like an elephant!
The kids started whining about 5 minutes from the end of the trail, so I'll call that good timing. We decided to go back on the sidewalk instead of through the woods because of that. We got back to the van close to 12:30 and had lunch at some of the picnic tables set out.
Ultimately, we saw squirrels, deer and scat, but no bear, foxes or lemurs (shocking, I know!). We all had a great time and were pretty worn out, although I think I was the only one to nap on the drive home. We ended the day with Ken's BBQ chicken on the grill and my potato salad.
It's a rare occurrence for us to all have a day together as a family, so I am very pleased with how this one turned out. And since we bought a yearly pass to the Park, we are hoping to go back again and again as the seasons change!