The Billy Goat Trail + Some Sad Rooftop Fireworks // Our 4th

hiking on the billy goat trail / a thousand threads
One of the first trails Mark, Austin and I ever hiked together (Austin was still riding in a backpack at the time) was the Billy Goat Trail at Great Falls.  The trail is like a little oasis so close to the city, and is one of my favorite places in Maryland, so this 4th of July we decided to take Austin again to celebrate six years.  This time, though, he didn’t need any help getting around… in fact he ran circles around us.  “What are we waiting for?” was the phrase of the day.

And judging by this worn out shot I’m gonna say it was me…

hiking on the billy goat trail / a thousand threads
Of course I wasn’t the one hiking in cold wet shorts after swearing to only go in up to my knees…

(He was a pretty good sport about it, actually… as hot as it was, Mark and I probably should have followed suit.)

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Even the deer couldn’t stay out of the water…

hiking on the billy goat trail / a thousand threads
After our hike, we cleaned up and went out for a (very patriotic) meal at a Mexican restaurant in Frederick, and thought we were just the smartest folks around when we grabbed a prime spot on the roof of a parking garage for the fireworks.

This way we wouldn’t have to deal with the crowds, we’d have a better view, we could listen to music… smiles all around.

4th of july / a thousand threads
Or… maybe not…

4th of july / a thousand threads
We may have misjudged the height a bit… along with the 145 other people who joined us… who must have somehow clogged the reception because I couldn’t connect to Spotify to save my life…

So… it was a quiet night, craning our necks to see what we could… but hey, it was ours.  I wouldn’t have had it any other way.


  1. Posted July 8, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    What a perfect holiday weekend–even if you didn’t have the best view of the fireworks! John and I had written off SF’s big display (in 4 years, all I’ve ever seen was pink fog) but we caught the most amazing show being put on a few blocks toward the ocean from us. Every car alarm in the neighborhood was going off and the sky was all lit up!

    • Laicie
      Posted July 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

      Oh that’s perfect!! We’ve never braved the DC fireworks… it gets so crazy down there. But I’d love to try them one of these days. 🙂

  2. Posted July 8, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    hiking!! I’ve been meaning to try, but my physical endurance is absolutely non existent.. even with the not so great view of the fireworks, sounds like a very sweet weekend with your family 🙂

    • Laicie
      Posted July 9, 2013 at 9:19 am | Permalink

      It really was a nice weekend. 🙂 You should definitely try hiking though — you could totally start with something short and go from there!

  3. Posted July 8, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    We too had all the best intentions of watching fireworks.  We were going to introduce the kids to the fireworks celebration too, but sadly in Nashville it rained all weekend.  My 3 year old had already yelled “stop raining!!” at the top of his lungs in the grocery store parking lot, so we decided next year might be better. 🙂

    • Laicie
      Posted July 9, 2013 at 9:17 am | Permalink

      Oh man, rain on the 4th is the worst!! Too bad, but it’s a good memory anyway haha. 🙂 Next year…

  4. Posted July 8, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like the best part was …. the overall memory of being together w.fam…’sparkingly’ spectacular night!

    • Laicie
      Posted July 9, 2013 at 9:16 am | Permalink

      It definitely was. 🙂 The whole day was pretty perfect really…

  5. Amanda L.
    Posted July 9, 2013 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Billy Goat Trail has been added to my ‘To Do’ list for this summer! We braved Baker Park for the fireworks and I’m glad we did. We brought our own snacks and drinks, and it made all the difference!

    • Laicie
      Posted July 9, 2013 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      Oh awesome!! I always really love the Frederick fireworks… I think we’ll head back to the park next year haha. 🙂 That was a good idea to take snacks and drinks!

      And definitely hit the Billy Goat Trail, it’s so great!

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