September 12, 2008

Rock Creek Recreation Area Hike

Our trip to Rock Creek Recreation Area was officially a Nature Study outing, but it turned into so much more. We had a picnic and then did, in fact, study nature some.

There was some searching for termites, and then a dirt clod fights.The boys enjoyed swimming in the lake until it started pouring rain. Typically the kids have to get out of the water at the first sign of rain here, because lightning almost always accompanies the rain, but this time was unusual because there was no lighting. Mitchell took advantage of the oddity by floating on his back in the lake with the rain coming down on him for quite some time.

While we stayed at the trail-head, Britany and some of the other teens and parents when on a hike to the falls.
By Britany

We went to Rock Creek Recreation area with our co-op group, and a few of us had an opportunity to go on a hike up to a waterfall. We were expecting the hike up to the falls to be four hours long, but we didn't have that much time, so we didn't know if we would be able to go all the way to the top. Even though we knew we might not make it to see the waterfall, we were still excited to go on the hike.

All around the trail was very pretty. We saw many interesting plants, and fungus. We talked about the plants we had passed and even identified some of them.

We made it to the waterfall quicker than we expected. When we got there we took off our shoes and socks and went to play in the water. Megan and I sat on a ledge, and the water rushed past us. It was cool and refreshing.

On our way back to the cars it started to rain. We ran on some of the flat parts of land. When we were running the rain was hitting us on the face.

When we got back to the cars, we met up with the people who didn't go on the hike. We left the park at about four o'clock in the afternoon. Even though we were wet and cold, we were happy that we reached the waterfall.

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