Crossing a bridge with new hiking poles.

Last week, we bought the kids some telescoping hiking poles to keep them from arguing over mine. One of the big-box stores had a good deal — a pair of poles for $20. One for each kid.

After the store, we took a trip to Fontana Lake Park to test the new sticks. We climbed down to the bottom of the waterfall, goofed around to the nature center and hit the trails.

Now the challenge is to keep the kids from hurting themselves and others when they swing the poles around.

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