We spent last week with my parents on Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains. Before we had children, Paul and I used to love hiking there in the summers so we were very excited that the kidlettes are now old enough to accompany us. The hike up Tongue Mountain is a little over three miles round-trip. There may have been a little whining and then some promises of ice cream for those who finished the trek. It was a hot day and by the time we reached the summit I think we'd inspired about half the other hikers on the trail that they, too would enjoy some ice cream after the finish. We ended up having a good time, however, and the kids were proud of their inaugural hike.