Thursday, May 28, 2009

Turkey Run State Park

Because of Soccer fields being flooded in early May, the games were cancelled and instead of sitting around home, we decided to take a family outting to Turkey Run State park and enjoy the great outdoors. So we packed a picnic lunch, a set of extra clothes for everyone, in preparation of getting wet and muddy, and set out on a nearly 4 mile trail hike!

KT swinging on the tire swing at the playground in the picnic area:

AC holding a large walking stick with an exuberant look on his face:

Hubby and the kids walking single file on the trail with growth and trees on both sides:

KC with Rei, the kids, all sitting on a large tree trunk alongside of the trail:

This is one of my absolute favorite pictures from this trip, all three kids overlooking the water and the beautiful background of trees and scenery behind the water.

Rei really, REALLY impressed both Hubby and I though this whole excursion. She worked hard to keep me safe around branches, over small logs and around as many mud puddles as she could. She navigated the safest path and even got to do a little rock climbing herself as we had a few rough spots on the trail.

First, here she is in front of the water as the kids were:

The path that we walked down, a dirt path about 4 feet wide, lined on both sides with trees as far as you can see:

Hubby and the kids overlooking the white covered bridge that was built in 1882:

Here is the hard spot in the trail that we came to, where the kids needed help to go down and Rei navigated her own way down too:

Hubby and the kids going down:

Rei navigating her way down:

Hubby and the kids standing in front of a large tree by the trail:

KT on the suspension bridge:

Almost back to the van- several hours and nearly 4 miles later/ Hubby and the kids walking up the stairs along the box canyon:

A break sitting on the bench overlooking the box canyon:

Rei checking out the ledge area and sniffing around:

The last hard climb: MD, AC, & hubby making it up the stone steps:

Rei at the stone steps, which she looked at me and gave me this look of "you want me to do WHAT???"

On the home stretch back to the van- Hubby, MD, & AC walking the last little bit back to where we started:

A SUPER tired Rei crashed between the front seats in the van:

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