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December 1, 2009 / Katy

Happy trails.

I wouldn’t exactly call my family “outdoorsy.”  Do we like being outside?  Yes!  But it’s usually sitting on the front porch in the shade, going on a nice walk, or laying out on the beach.  We never camp.  We never sleep outside.  And we never hike.

But I guess that’s why they say, “you never say never.”

This past weekend, we spent Thanksgiving day and Black Friday at Lake Keowee.  (I know, shocking that I wasn’t shopping!)  My uncle and his family have an amazing house there and we drove up to spend a couple days with the rest of my mom’s side of the family.  My mom has 5 siblings- so I have 10 aunts and uncles, 18 cousins, and 1 amazing grandmother on that side of the family.  After eating a HUGE lunch on Thanksgiving, we all decided it would be fun to go on a hike to keep us from sleeping on the couch all afternoon.   While I was excited about going, I knew in the back of my head that this would be a seriously humorous event.

Approximately 15 of us took off to the trail, all in a good mood and happy to be getting some exercise after overloading with sweet potatoes and macaroni and cheese.  The hike started out well, everyone kept up, most laughing at the number of times we tripped over roots.  There was the cousin that jumped in front of everyone to take pictures every 100 yards, the few that had to have a walking stick, the  leader that knew which way to go, the eager that had to stay in front, the relaxed that hung at the back of the line, and the content, who walked in the middle and took in the sights.

We reached a creek about half way through the hike, that we had to cross by walking over rocks.  We, of course stopped to take a couple pics and enjoy the scenery and then made our way across the creek.  Little did we know, however, that wouldn’t be so easy for everyone.

Most of the family had crossed (you can see the creek in this picture) but my Mom, myself, my cousin Matthew, and my Uncle Teddy were still left.  Matthew (who is 5) began to cross with his dad, Teddy, who was holding onto him as the stepped from one rock to the next.  The rest of it happened in slow-mo.  Teddy began to kind of wobble and lose his balance and did the whole twirl-your-hands-like-a-bird move to save himself.  It didn’t work.  He fell right into the water, pulling Matthew, who was holding onto his dad, in with him.  Teddy laughed.  Matthew cried.  And screamed. 

Luckily everyone was fine, but falling into the freezing water didn’t really seem like a fun idea to Matthew.  He was soaked head to toe, and it was in the high 40s, low 50s outside.  It was too far along in the hike to turn around, so we knew he’d have to endure.   They took his shirt off and put a big fleece on him.   We all thought this was it; the rest of our hike would be ruined due to a screaming, cold child. 

To our surprise, however, by the time we reached the end of the hike Matthew was slightly warmer, and in a good mood.  He even walked up the last hill of the trail and said, “I’m having a good time?  Are you guys?!”

Our family had successfully completed a hike, and we all made it out alive!   We may not be an “outdoorsy” family, but we sure know how to have a good time!

The Mosley family right before the plunge into the creek…

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