Six adults and six children started this short hike at 10:15am. After weeks of on again, off again
rain and temperate weather preventing a frozen ground, the trail was a continuous mud puddle
interrupted by boardwalks and the occasional higher ground. The group barely seemed to
notice. Three young boys, ranging from three to five years, preferred the mud choosing to walk
beside the boardwalks and squeal in delight at the squishy, squelching sounds of the mud trying
to steal a boot. Parents ambled through the foggy morning and conversation flowed freely.
The group took a short break at the shore of Lake Champlain. The high water level obscured the
usual rock beach but little hands still found logs and shells and enjoyed throwing them into the
water.
On the return trip many snacked as they walked. Games were played to encourage tired feet to
keep walking and reluctant feet to keep moving. After only two tumbles and with all boots
accounted for, everyone returned to the parking area at 11:45am.
Corinn Julow, leader

Three adults and three children started this short hike at 10:15am. We ambled across the field
and stopped to watch two slugs enjoy their own hike just as the forest enfolded the field. We
left the slugs undeterred and started a gentle climb. Marie, aged 8, had a map of the park and
led the group through two intersections to the summit. Aidan, aged 3, found every blaze and
kept the group on track. There was a rocky section on the Mountaintop Trail south of the
summit that was tricky for little legs and required help from a strong adult. The group took a
snack break off the short climb to the Hoyt Lookout. Refreshed, we continued to the lookout
and enjoyed a clear view of Lake Champlain and many of the islands. We took our time enjoying
the view and many enjoyed another snack.

Aidan particularly enjoyed the yellow blazes so the group decided to return via the yellow trail.
This shortened the planned hike but allowed for a double summit. Each child enjoyed the sense
of accomplishment of climbing on the pile of rocks at the summit and being at the top. This trail
closely resembles the rocky and rooty experience of the long tail and gives the satisfaction of a
summit while being easily accessible for families and a short duration for little legs. We also
noticed many long, brown centipede like bugs on the descent that warranted a long
examination. Everyone had a different guess for exactly how many legs these bugs had.

Kingsley, aged 3 months, woke without complaint just as the group reentered the field for the
final push to the parking lot. All participants expressed enjoyment on this hike.

Corinn Julow, leader