A few members of our family are getting over another wave of sickness right now (including me, What is up with my catching every bug the kids bring home this fall...I've been taking all my supplements, and then some!), but we weren't going to let it keep us from checking out autumn in all it's glory. The leaf color peaked this weekend in the nearby foothills of the NC mountains, and we took full advantage of feeling mostly better by taking a hike at Hanging Rock State Park.
We stuck to the easier trails, but the kids had the most fun of any nature adventure we've done in a while.
Leaves were waiting to be collected.
Cliff faces begged to be explored
Waterfalls beckoned us to admire their chilly glory.
And the leaves...
they did not disappoint.
We even found a "gnome-multiplex" at the root base of this fallen oak.
And we walked...and we breathed.
And sorted out which leaves were special enough to keep.
And held on to our rocks.
And marveled at the beauty around us.
Then it was time to say goodbye to Hanging Rock. For now.