These two had suffered basketball-related ankle injuries earlier this season, so I wasn't sure they could make the whole hike. We planned to stop and turn around if they got tired. Fortunately, one of them just got braces yesterday and was on pain medicine, so nothing hurt. The other one was determined...so we actually made it through the entire hike, even finished ahead of the other group.
To be fair, I'll have to explain that they took a few stops to play in the water and catch crawdads and frolic, running up and down the hills.
It was really even more beautiful there. Wish you had all been along for the day.
No frogs. No turtles. That's quite unusual for this time of the year, but the unseasonal cool weather may be the explanation for that.
Until next year...and next...and as many years as I'm able...I'll hike the hike...but right now, I'm just going to rest my feet.