I attempted a thru-hike in 2006 but was forced off the trail in Central Virginia due to a fire at home. I hiked the Long Trail as a consolation prize. Not a bad option.
At any rate, the A.T. is truly my "hiking home" and will always hold my heart. I'm surrounded by the glorious peaks of the Rocky Mountains but I very much miss the rolling green hills of the Appalachians. So, when faced with what to build for our active little daughters for a playhouse, there was really only one answer. We had to build an A.T. Shelter. This is where the "Haylu" name originated in the summer of 2010.
My poor husband never argued with me. Instead, he created a beautiful little Adirondack style shelter for our girls.
|Framing from the front|
|Getting those walls up!|
|Hayden & Lucy checking Daddy's work|
|Lucy making sure he's doing it right.|
|Shelter done! Chairs for the girls & Momma!|
|Trailhead sign and Shelter sign|
|YEA! A whiteblaze!!!|
|The rocks are a dry creekbed.|
|TA-DA! Bridge over the creek bed. :)|
|My little climber chick.|
|The picnic table set away from the Shelter.|
|Hayden signing the Shelter Register|
|Lucy signing the Shelter register.|
We are going to have a lot of fun playing out here this year. The girls already love it, as do I. My husband is the front runner for Husband of the Year 2011! Ha!