Okay first of all a warning to you dear readers. In my experience, trip reports tend to come in one of two varieties one is the clif notes version, short, sweet, to the point. The second is like that scene from Airplane the movie, where the grey haired dude bursts in and says, "Bring me up to speed, I need to know everything that happened up to this point." and the flamboyantly gay guy responds, "Well first the earth cooled, then the dinosaurs came, but they got to big and fat, then the Arabs came driving their Mercedes......."
This TR will be more like the latter but hopefully sweet as well. I got back into the backpacking thing in 2007. My first trip was in my old 10lb "light" dome tent. After lugging that thing with me I began the search for a better way, that led me here and the wonderful world of hammocking, I took to the trees and haven't looked back since.
Well I guess my enthusiasm was contagious because my kids wanted to start coming with me. I took my oldest daughter on a trip with me in 2008 and again last summer. I gave her the trailname, Mountain Goat, because if there was any kind of rock that looked like it would give her a better view, she wanted to climb it. I took my youngest daughter on a trip last summer where she earned the trailname, River Otter, because she loved the stream crossings so much.
Santa brought the girls hammocks this Christmas so this summer the girls and I decided to let mom come with us and join the fun! It would be a trip of many firsts. We decided to do a loop hike at Grayson Highlands State Park. We would hit the AT at Massie Gap, get off on back trails at Deep Gap, get back to the AT near Old Orchard Shelter and hike back to the starting point, so here we go! A pic of the fam at the trailhead Mountain Goat (now 10), River Otter (now 8) and MOM! (Trailname to be determined)