On October 8th a group of students from Parkside Elementary's Unity Club and Atlanta Inner City Outings volunteers took advantage of the beautiful fall weather and ventured out to the (somewhat) nearby town of Cartersville to explore the Etowah Indian Mounds. These massive mounds (10 to 63ft high!) were built back between 1000 A.D. and 1550 A.D. by Native Americans of the Missippian Culture. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources that manage the 54 acre site have done a fabulous preserving the artefacts and acting as stewards of this rich history. We hiked up Mound A (the tallest) first and after enjoying the picturesque views of the surrounding farms and cotton fields, we played a game of "funny bunny" (think concentration meets a group of funny bunnies and large clocks...). Sporting the new ICO drawstring bags we descended Mound A to "summit" the other other mounds. We also stopped by the nearby Etowah River to play a good 'ol game of "River Bank" and let the adults teach a skipping stones 101 "class." Now ready to eat, we ventured out to the picnic area and enjoyed some sandwiches, chips, granola bars, and yes, even spinach. It wouldn't have been a fall trip without a good fall themed craft, and so we ended the trip coloring small pumpkins that Karla brought for the kids. Thanks to all the ICO volunteers, Mr. Weems at Parkside Elementary School, and of course, the always great students of Unity Club.