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April 15, 2012

We decided the eve

of the 'grand finale' of the surgeries should be a less than stressful day.  We had been promising Nicholas a family day for quite some time and this definitely fit the definition.          

On a friend's recommendation, we opted for Scott's Run in McLean.  It has quite the reputation, as apparently the land, known as the Burling Tract,  was barely saved from being a housing development back in 1970.   We are grateful that it was as not only are there plenty of other areas in which to build, but this is a gorgeous piece of land.  We are thrilled that it was left untouched with the exception of the trails.

 

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He will quite literally have to outgrow these beloved boots. They are the most multi-purpose shoes he has ever owned.

 

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Not sure if you can tell, but a photo of Kelsey taking a photo of me.

 

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The waterfall at Scott's Run (from a distance).

 

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The falls...small, but still impressive.  Oh, and, of course, Cait compared to Gullfoss.

 

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Finally relaxing after nearly a 2 mile trek to the falls.

 

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As Nicholas would ask, "Why DO people litter?"

 

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Peter had to offer to help (it's steeper than it looks). The boy has no fear and I have visions of solo rapelling down sheer cliffs....I mentioned 127 hours and Nicholas was fascinated...of course!

 

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The coolest creek crossing (for those who don't feel like getting wet), I've ever seen.

 

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Um, it was a very warm day.

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Even a nature preserve might have droids lurking around....

It was a gorgeous day, an amazing (okay, and tiring) hike and the perfect way to end the weekend.  I almost forgot what waits for me tomorrow at noon...

 

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I'm so glad you liked it! (We missed a bunch of that. i think we must have taken the short trail.) I hope things go well. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

What fun day. Perfect way to de-stress the day before the grand finale.

Awesome day out! Gonna have to check this locale when in DC next for a great to-do. Best wishes for smooth and easy recovery!

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