Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hiking Billy Goat Trail with Actual Billy Goats

OK, technically they aren't billy goats, they're our friend's teenage kids. However, given how they flew down the trail, they might as well have been.

Shira and I were psyched to lay down a challenging hike for the kids day off from school and figured Billy Goat Section A would do the trick. While the hike was outstanding, and the kids thoroughly enjoyed it, it was hardly a challenge for them. At one point I was gingerly making my way along the knife edge of a bolder, only to look up and see the three kids leisurely walking along the same knife edge. It was truly amazing.

They did give pause at the trail's notorious 50 foot traverse. However, after a few moments of disbelief (we're really going up there?!), they were climbing away without a care in the world.

Great Falls was truly breathtaking, with views of the Potomac that seemed to belong in a far off exotic location. It's hard to believe they're just a 35 minute drive from DC.

We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to hike. It was a bit chilly in the morning, but at 8am we had the entire trail (not to mention the parking lot) to ourselves.

After hiking the trail we hit Bangkok 54 for a recovery lunch. So tasty. It was the perfect way to end the perfect hike.

Next up, it's time to drag these kids to Old Rag Mountain. Now that should be a challenge.

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