Besides hearing some of my terrible jokes and putting up with teachers knack for taking advantage of multiple and unexpected teachable moments, my group seemed pleased with their experience.
Hiking from Lapham Peak's incredible nature center and heading on an adventurous trek near the butterfly garden, through a marvelous meadow, and off trail through a pine grove, we all managed to survive and have some fun on our way to the Ice Age Trail and to the park's famed tower.
Then it was back to the nature center's downstairs for treats and hot chocolate before heading upstairs to explore the wonderful collection of natural and educational materials and visit the friendly and furry mascot of the Ice Age Trail, Monty the Mammoth.
It was a great to kick off 2016! With the Tyke Hike program expanding, my daughter getting older and wiser, and my forest kindergarten concept just starting to bloom, there will be plenty of more tales from the trails ahead.