A recent winter day proved ideal for Polk County Middle School’s hiking club to hit the local woods.

Fourteen Nature Navigators hiked Woodland Park in Tryon, joined by Seth Young, Lucy Steppe and club sponsor Rowann Hoy.

The club’s four-legged hiking pal, Sanuk, also brought smiles and laughs along the way, chasing water in the creek and giving wet kisses and licks to club members.