Monday was very hot and the weather for the whole week seemed stifling, but I decided that if we didn't get out into the fresh air, it may not happen. As soon as I could get all the kiddos ready, we set out for the mountains. It was later than I wanted in the day, so I chose a short and mostly shaded hike that we had been on a couple of years ago. The littles wanted to lead out, so we started on the least shady side of the trail.
Immediately we were happy to see that everything was still green. It has been such a dry spring and summer, but the shade of the forest kept the grass and flowers green and blooming. All of us has noticed an increase in butterflies and moths flying about and there was no shortage on this hike. Bubba found a butterfly hiding below that grass as we walked by.
Flowers in the sun had long dried up as were berries, but we found some hanging on. We made it to the half way point that gives us a beautiful view of the valley that we live in. We all rested in the shade and drank some water before moving on.