We've taken a couple of great hikes up and around our local mountain this week. Friday the kids, dog and I set off for about 1 1/2 hours. They were touting their new camelback(like) backpacks to stay fully hydrated. Q said this was the kind of hike he likes - where you decide where to go and don't just follow some boring path. On Sat some friends joined us for even a longer hike with stops along the way to climb the big rock (which Foxy no longer felt the need to bark at!) and climb several trees in a little oak forested area we came across. Nothing like having another kid along to make a hike more fun for my kids!