Down the stairs into the wild beauty of the mountains. Through a rhododendron forest, and over a creek. The kids climbed and splashed in the cold water, sliding down rocks and exploring. Then over to the high meadows of blueberry bushes and wildflowers. I felt as if we were walking in the storybook setting of Blueberries for Sal. Gorgeous berry bushes as far as the eye can see. The kids leaped along the narrow paths with delight. The berries are tiny and delicious. Then, the rain cloud begins to grow and all of a sudden, it is raining cats and dogs! The downpour lasts a good fifteen minutes, or longer. We are all soaked to the bone, laughing and hungry for snacks back at the car. We scrounge up a change of clothes for the kids, little toddler sized apparel that I was passing on to a friend... amazing what will still fit a ten year old!