The entrance was a little short, which made Miriam feel claustrophobic...
Here's a view of the floor (it's behind plexiglass):
And here's Benjamin on the top of the mound with what he assumed was Atlanta behind him (it's Macon), staring off at the ocean (which...we definitely could not see from the top of this mound):
Getting out to the mounds wasn't really a big deal because the kids were all excited about seeing each new thing. But the trail is not round trip. It's out-and-back, which meant there was nothing new to see on the way back and it was hot and humid and everyone was tired and hungry. So the way back felt a lot longer than the way there. But we made it! Some of us had to be carried some of the way, but we made it!
When we got to the parking lot we pulled out our cooler and had a lovely picnic lunch. Alexander was very excited about the doughnuts Daddy bought. But, as it turns out, they were bagels...not doughnuts. And then Alexander was much less excited about lunch (in fact, he flat out refused to eat his bagel, so his lunch consisted of cheese, oranges, and tomatoes).
Here's Benjamin beside the ranger vehicle (he would like me to include this in a photo book some day with the caption of "Future Park Ranger"):
They especially liked the hands-on exhibits. This one was a heavy basket of clay you were supposed to try to lift, to see if you could carry it up to the top of the mound... Rachel is the only one who could manage (but only for a minute before she had to put it back down):
And here are the three little ones sitting in replica seats (the same kind found in the original floor):
Finally, here they are trying to match up patterns of stamps with the impressions on a clay pot.
It was a great pit-stop...and the price was right (it was free). It made me wonder why we decided on the Etowah Mounds in the first place (though I know we had our reasons, among them being that (1) it is much closer to our house, and (2) Benjamin had been studying them (like, specifically the Etowah Mounds) at school just before we pulled the kids to homeschool).