We met at the boathouse and hiked Rolling Hills Trail > Rolling Hills Connector > Vista Trail > Power Line Trail > Brookside Trail > Round Lake Trail > Tween Lakes Trail > Green Lake Trail, for a total of approximately 4.3 miles. This is a fun and varied loop, passing through open meadows and thick forests, among vernal pools and along stream banks, and then returning along the shores of first Round and then Green Lakes. It did rain, of course. It even hailed briefly, when we were up on an exposed section of the Rolling Hills Trail. But the wildflowers are blooming, and the landscape is exploding with a cornucopia of infinite luxuriant greens. We even found a few small patches of morels, which were collected with enthusiasm. There is something magical about being in the forest in the rain... something that is not universally appreciated, apparently; Green Lakes was less crowded today than ever before.
Unfortunately, Frankie's friend Holly wasn't there, so he was not as independent as on the last group hike. Three of the other four kids on the hike today were several years older than him. However, they are great kids and they modeled great outdoor spirit for Frankie -- bold, with no complaints, and boundless curiosity and enthusiasm about vernal pools, fungus, eggs, birds, and all manner of associated things. The oldest boy wants to hike all 46 Adirondack High Peaks, and with a handful of summits successfully under his belt, is quite knowledgeable on the subject. Their family is planning a stay at Johns Brook Lodge to do some more hiking this summer. Yes! This! This is good stuff.
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