Now that I’m done with school and I’m not teaching, we suddenly have more time on the weekends to go out and do something as a family. This is usually hiking or biking or something out of doors. However, we’ve been looking around for new places to go – it seems like we keep going to the same few spots over and over. So a couple weekends ago, we just did an Internet search of hiking trails near home, and we came upon a little surprise: Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary. The irony is that this shouldn’t be a surprise – the kids go to camp there every summer, and we are actually members. So the kids know the trails quite well, but neither Nate nor I had ever actually been there. So we packed up some snacks and some water and headed off.
What a lovely spot! The trails are well marked and not difficult. The scenery is amazing. When we were there on a Sunday morning, we only saw a few other people. There are lots of different kinds of terrain, from swamp to riverbank to woods to forest. The kids knew about all kinds of interesting things that we would never have noticed. There is an area called “the maze” with trails that intersect each other and swirl around. There is also a huge tree with hollow branches. If you take sticks and hit the different branches, you get different tones. I think they called it the “music tree.”
Here are some of the fantastic views:
They also have a “fire tower” which, I have no idea why, is on two stilts, rather than four. Think about it, you’re going to put a platform with walls and a roof high above the ground. I know, let’s put it on two legs instead of four! Great idea! Seriously, why? I have no idea. But I gamely went up the winding staircase, felt the floor shimmy beneath me, and came right back down again.
We had a great time, and the kids were really excited to be able to be the leaders of our adventure. Here they are: