a final summer hike

I'm not sure why we haven't hiked this particular hike sooner? It's really close by with various trails spread around and I mean we didn't do it this time, but there is an ice cream shop juuuuust around the corner. Next time! I'm all about stuffing our days full of all things summer before we are bound to the school's timetable, and so the final hike was squeezed in on a late afternoon last week. To Governor Dick. The trail we wanted led straight through a fenced in area we so kindly referred to as the T-Rex Paddock, much to our children's amusement (not). But we enjoyed it. At the very top there is an eight-story observation tower which I climbed up with Letty. I've done the tower twice before and each time I hate it just as much. Climb up a ladder, step to the side on a platform, climb another ladder, and so on until the top. It makes my stomach lurch for sure. And watching Letty climb up ahead of me was no help. But we made it! And were rewarded with such pretty views! 
The kids even want to go back again sometime.... I'm thinking for some nice leaf peepage??