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Family Time to the Falls

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We live less than 30 minutes from this beautiful site

South Mountains State Park

South Mountains State Park

I talked about making this trip for days and even though my husband was waiting on parts to be delivered for a car he is working on he decided it was important to me, so we ventured out. I packed a picnic and lots of water in an old backpack and the kids dressed in cool durable clothes and shoes and we made our way. It took us a little longer to get there than it should

Detour took us through beautiful country

We came across badgers, turkeys and these deer

We finally made it and decided to take a short, easy trail for the boys. This trail included eleven display areas explaining the environment and describing the plants and animals we may come in contact with.

Master A putting his tiny hands in the bear’s paw prints

The boys were amazing, we took our time and took in the beauty of our surroundings.

Prince P reading the captions aloud

Prince P reading the captions aloud


We walked down to Jacob Fork River and skipped rocks and looked for fish

JR caught a tadpole for the boys

JR caught a tadpole for the boys

The boys read all about fungi and found this topic extremely interesting. We had to stop and take in all types. Master A referred to all as mushrooms.

Master A pointing out the "mushrooms" he found

Master A pointing out the “mushrooms” he found 

Once we finished the educational nature trail, we continued to see the falls. This hike was a little harder and at some points we had to carry the boys across slick rocks and through deep mud. We made it about half way to the falls and decided to turn back.

Prince P wondered if we would see beavers using this fallen tree to build a dam

Prince P wondered if we would see beavers using this fallen tree to build a dam


On the way down JR found a nice quiet area with large flat rocks for our picnic

We enjoyed ham & cheese on fresh dinner rolls, carrots & celery and zucchini muffins. While we were eating we were surrounded by about twenty five butterflies, it was gorgeous.


JR pointed out the fact that we had a great day without video games, internet, telephones… and Prince P pointed out “rain”. If you live in the southeast you know we have been hit with daily showers and storms. Our part of the country has been flooded and washed away in some parts. The majority of the summer has been spent indoors and it was lovely to be able to get outside and have a rain free day.

The boys enjoyed themselves and we were all thoroughly exhausted after our nearly four mile hike.

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.” – Rachel Carson

Author: Ashley

A country girl spending her life in her garden and kitchen with her husband and two beautiful boys

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