Unable to get away this weekend, the girls still wanted to try out their new packs in preparation for some over-nighters, so we headed out in search of a nice little "snow-free" day hike. We drove out to Mission to explore the very place that gave this fine town its name.
The girls sporting some fine German gear. Half-Pint (right) wearing her Deuter Fox 30. Great pack for kids, even has hydration pocket! Lil Sis is modeling her new Tatonka pack. Just enough room for Teddy and a bag of chips. (Bit small, but hey, she's little.)
And we're off!
A few shots of the old bell.
Oh to be a kid again. I think grown-ups should do this once in awhile.
Across the field....
...past the old cemetery..
...and around the dead rat. ("Ah, gross Dad, take a picture!")
It took a little bit to find the trail as the bushes were overgrown and we had little info to go on, but we found it.
We found a tree worthy of a smile from most, and one worthy of a smile from Mick.
Just a few of the trails we were on today.
We hiked along through some pretty overgrown trails and then happened upon this sign. Hmm. I feel a Benedictine chant come on.
Going to check it out. (I thought I heard one of them say "Hallelujah" upon reaching the top of the hill. I think it was in reference to finally
being able to have a snack.)
We thought about taking this trail back, but me thinks it might lead us down the wrong path, perhaps much further than just the bottom of the mountain. ("I'm gonna get you, my pretties...ahh ha ha hahaha"..POOF![}
We had a great day. The kids are looking forward to trying out some of their new gear on an over-nighter, and hopefully meet some other CT youngsters on the trail. The girls thought they might get to meet some of the Monks, but saw no "Fathers". We did, however, see a couple "Hail Mary's"....
Shot of the day...