Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Crowder's Mountain

Last week, we drove over to Crowder's Mountain for a hike.  This was a "field trip" I had scheduled as we were wrapping up Blake's local geography block.  Crowder's Mountain is one of only a few of the "mountains" found in the piedmont that once belonged to an ancient mountain chain that formed this area.  It is only a short drive from our house and it give a great arial view of the area we live in.  The boys had never been before, so I knew they would be pretty excited about it once we got to the top.  We chose a short trail as the hike is pretty strenuous.  The last time Peter and I hiked up it, we hiked about 6 miles.  We knew there was no way the boys would be able to do that.  It was a gorgeous day and the kids had fun spotting interesting things along the way.  We also gathered lots and lots and lots of giant acorns!  It was so hard not to take them all.  Each one had its own unique appeal and we just kept saying "oooh, look at this one!".  Once we got to the top, we spent a while enjoying the view and having a snack picnic.  The boys were pretty impressed with the view and how much they could see.  Blake was quick to point out one of the buildings he recognized from the Charlotte skyline.  It was a great way to spend the afternoon and I think we will do it again soon when the foliage is at its peak (okay and to get some more acorns!)

 this picture was taken with my zoom maxed out.  Of course it is hazy as Charlotte has really poor air quality. 
 the view!  You can't see the skyline in this picture, but it is from the same viewpoint that I shot the above picture!
 the boys were also really impressed with all the rock formations

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