We brought along the Cruzes and tried out a new hike last Friday. Porter's Creek Trail was a great one for a large group because the first half was a gravel road so there was plenty of room for everyone to mix it up and not be constrained to single file. It was also great because it ran along a river and provided ample opportunities to hop across on rocks or wade right in. It was also great because there were stone walls, a grave yard, and a barn that were over 100 years old, and a hiker's cabin built in the 30s along the way. One more reason it was nice was because it was not crowded at all. When we've hiked the more popular trails (Laurel Falls and Abrams Falls in particular) they were crowded the whole time, but here we only passed a few people on occasion. Lydia also brought along her bug-home and caught a multitude of centipedes, tomato worms, and snails. It was a pretty awesome kick-off for summer.