I love field trips with my kids. Especially if they involve being outside.
Yesterday we went to Reedy Creek Park and Nature Preserve and I can’t think why we don’t go more often! They have the coolest playground area nestled in the woods with lots of trails and a nature center with a few select animals (ex. turtles, toads, snakes, etc.) and a play area. It’s so fun for the kids and educational too!
But THIS time we took a little hike to see the rock house ruins. The last time we visited this park was back in the Spring and during that visit I learned of this excavated site back in the woods maybe about a 1.5 mile hike. I was intrigued! I knew I wanted to come back and see what THAT was all about. So I waited allll Summer long. And then yesterday we hiked the trail. I say hike but it was really just a lovely walking trail. It kind of reminded me of an indian trail in some places where it narrowed to a “beaten path” sort of appearance.
The weather was all sorts of perfect. 🙂 The leaves were still pretty but sparse enough so that we could see through the woods for quite a distance.
And finally we arrived at the ruins.
It made me think of the people who once lived here. The woman who made it a home. The children who played inside and all around.
And then there was this gigantic tree that grew and fell right here only just a few feet from the house.
I’d say it grew for a very VERY long time before it was finally brought down by natural forces.
Then we hiked back and it took us awhile because someone couldn’t keep up. 🙂
Oh the life. 😉