What was supposed to be an "easy" hike according to Elaine, turned into a difficult 4 1/2 mile climb. OK, we didn't climb the whole time, but it felt like it. Poor Matt hurt his knee at some point, so Eric volunteered to carry Zoe down from the summit. I was very proud that she let someone else carry her. She even talked to him during the hike. It helps that he gave her a huge leaf, bigger than her head, to carry and he kept asking her questions.
Zoe did get cold since she wasn't exerting herself. The rest of us were shedding layers and had sweat through our shirts by the time we made it down the mountain. That evening Matt and I could barely walk, and climbing stairs was pure torture.
After nap time we had one of the girls from church over to watch Zoe. There was a mystery dinner at church and Matt had a part in the play. Yummy food, funny story (written by one of our members), and seriously funny amateur acting. At least Matt didn't put on his pretend Southern accent. I wouldn't have been able to keep a straight face. Ask him to do it for you sometime. It's pretty bad. :)
Once we finally made it home and got Zoe to sleep we crashed hard. It was difficult to get out of bed in the morning, and three days later I'm still hurting. Maybe next time we'll take a shorter hike.
Click on the picture to see a few more shots from our day.