Rocky Trail

The Rocky Trail

My family and I took our first hike of the season today.  The weather has been horrid these last few weeks and this has been our first opportunity to go out hiking since last fall.

We don’t go hiking all the time to be in touch with nature, or to commune with the trees or other such nonsense nor are we making some belabored metaphorical point of traversing rocky terrain and the perseverance of the human conditioning over the soul, blah, blah, blah.

I do it for the exercise.  My wife does it for exercise.  The boys do it for fun- to learn about the world around them.  We do it to spend time together as a family.

We like going to places such as Hacklebarney park here in New Jersey, or off Tug Hill in the Adirondacks, but because of the festive timing and our need to be home for dinner, we simply went to one of the Appalachian inlets that leads to the near fire-tower.

A quick look off the trail

A quick look off the trail

The hike is short (under 2 miles one-way,) incredibly rocky, and has a very steep climb to it.  This hike is best done at a quicker pace to make-up for the short distance, health wise,  but if you race to the top, you will miss some of the nice sites on the way- as well as miss out on some good quality family time.

The start of the trial.

At the mouth of the trail

We stayed on the main trail as little as possible, preferring the rockier, steeper and narrower side trails and tributaries.

The mouth of a side trail

The mouth of a side trail

A little further up

A little further up

Taking the path less traveled and harder to traverse helps in not only burning calories and toning muscle, but it helps to teach the kids the value of team work and helping each other to overcome obstacles.   More importantly– it’s also a lot of fun.

Once the land starts to flatten-out again you know that you are about to reach the pinnacle of your ascent. You may not think you came far, nor climbed high, but once you look over your shoulder were the hike began you can begin to realize how far you have traveled.

Nearing the top

Nearing the top of the trail's inlet

Another view

Another view of where we started.

Although I may have done so in the past, my children are still too young and small to scale the fire tower (and we did not have permission.)  So instead of seeing the whole county from a breath-taking height, we settled instead for a sip of water and a laugh at the picnic table just on the main trail.

Say cheese!

Say cheese!

In closing, let me just say that we had a lot of fun on our first hike of the season.  We are looking forward to many more in the future, and I wish to apologize for the poor quality of the pictures, but I only had my phone on me.