Our Five Ring Circus: The most perfect day

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The most perfect day

This past weekend was one of the best that we've had in a long time. The weather was unseasonably warm and it was so sunny that it made the vibrant orange leaves appear to be on fire. I found myself commenting on how beautiful the scenery was every few minutes. Saturday and Sunday were the type of days where you felt blessed to be alive, and surrounded by such beauty.

We started out our weekend by taking the kiddos to our favorite hiking spot-one of the most beautiful places, McConnell's Mill State Park. The drive to the park, through the vibrant fall scenery was spectacular. When we got to the park, Grant took Dylan down a very steep ravine to view an amazing waterfall. Dylan was such a fast climber, that Grant had a hard time keeping up with him!

I wasn't willing to take a 19 month old down the steep trail, and risk a fall, so Lexie and I hiked along the trail at the top of the gorge, and looked down at the gorge from the bridge.

We couldn't find a parking place at the actual mill to view the river, so Grant and I took the kids to our favorite climbing spot. The park is filled with GIANT rocks, and is a favorite spot for rock climbers. The scenery reminds me of a prehistoric time period. We took it easy, and let the kids climb down between and under the rocks. Dylan is absolutely fearless, and was scaling the rocks like it was a walk in the park. He was having so much fun, that the huge grin on his face stayed put the entire time.

We finally headed to a very kid friendly walking trail, called Hell's Hollow. Hmmm...doesn't sound kid friendly, does it? We let Lexie loose, and she ended up walking over 1 mile on her own. I couldn't believe how far she went, without getting tired. We hiked down to the waterfall, which was more like a trickle, due to the lack of rain. Then, we checked out the legendary Hell's Hollow hole.

On the way back to the car, the kids were all smiles. Everyone had a wonderful, memorable day! It's a day that I will remember forever.


  1. That sounds like such a perfect family day. And your pictures are just stunning. I can't believe how big Lexie has gotten. It feels like you just had her.

  2. What a wonderful day! Don't you just love FALL!?

  3. Wow, what beautiful pictures! Looks like a great day. I love that D is such an adventurer. Sounds like Lexie isn't going to be left behind, either! Awesome, awesome kids.


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