We had a nice, busy, and fast, summer. Early on, we went to York, Maine. Toward the end of the summer, we spent an afternoon at Greenwood Furnace. The kids enjoyed the rides at the Clearfield County Fair. And, just before the school year started, we spent a couple of days at the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, near Wellsboro, PA.
One of my favorite moments this summer was hiking on the Turkey Path on both sides of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. On the first day, all four of us hiked down and back up the difficult 2-mile roundtrip hike (we were especially surprised 4-year-old Sarah made the trip on foot)! On the second day, Sarah and Mommy completed a third of the 3-mile roundtrip hike on the other side of the canyon. Ethan and I did the whole trail, including one accidental detour. On the trail, we ran across two women and later two men; each time, their first words were, “You’re the only other people we’ve seen!” I thought it was pretty awesome a 6-year-old was able to hike a difficult trail without any real difficulty!
In the last couple of weeks, Ethan started first grade and Sarah began her second year of preschool. Both kids enjoy school. When I asked Ethan what he liked about school, he said, “What I like best about going to school is the construction!” (There’s construction going on just outside Ethan’s classroom in prep for expansion next year due to the closing of two other elementary schools.)
Here are photos from our summer …