Tuesday, March 16, 2010

On an Outing, Part 1

With the warmer weather coming, we have been taking advantage of it. Yesterday, I gave the kiddos a little less book-work, (ahhh the privledges of a homeschool mom!)and urged them to buckle-down and get what was assigned done as soon as possible. They got done around noon, and we loaded up the backpacks with drinks and sweatshirts, and we headed off on an outing to Raven Rock State Park. Doing this on a weekday, would give us the chance to enjoy the quiet of the park, with as few other people there as possible....since kids would be in school, and others at work. There is just something about the solitude of nature, for enjoying God's handiwork.

One of the first things we saw, was a neat little tree identification center. You rotated the large disk, and it pointed to a tree and displayed information on the tree it was pointing at.

After walking on the smaller trail, we decided to hit the longer one nearby.

This is one of the first things we saw. The boys' response, "Yeah!!!"

Signs of Spring

After a little while, we stopped for a break. Thirsty puppy.

A creek along the way.

Jen took my picture too.

Another stop at the creek along the way. Jack love the mini waterfalls on the rocks.

I thought this tree looked like it was yawning.

After a nice long hike, we came to the top of a very long staircase.

I stayed at the top for a bit, so I could take a picture. Here, they were only about half way down.

Say "Cheese!"

At the bottom, there were beautiful rock walls and formations for which the park is named.

I loved the roots of this tree, so pretty.

Here and there, we found carvings in the rocks. I thought this one was really neat.


The kids had a blast, climbing up on the formations, watching the water trickling down from the ledges.

Proud Mama moment. Josh helping Jen down from the rocks.

This fallen tree was laying out over the water, and covered with baby ferns.

It was absolutely beautiful. We can't wait to come back when every thing is green and full.

Heading back up the stairs, and on to the rest of our hike.

In our book, this outing qualifies as:

"Phys. Ed" - hiking several miles!
"Science" - tree identification, ecology, etc.
Not to mention a psychological break from the monotony....mental health :-)

More to come.......