We took a hike this weekend to one of our favorite places to wander about and enjoy nature. My husband and I have been hiking along this creek for 15 years, and our oldest daughter made her first trip in a baby backpack when she was only months old. After sisters #2 and #3 came along at just 14 month intervals a few years later, our hiking took a hiatus. Once they were old enough to walk "most of the way", we resumed our family hikes and have been exploring along this spring fed creek together for the last 6 years or so. We visit spring, summer, fall, and winter and there is always something new to see. Sometimes we see snakes and lizards, sometimes butterflies and bees, other times falling leaves, or just barren branches ... it is always lovely no matter the season.
peeking into a cave (the roof was covered with spiders so no one ventured very far inside)
cliff wall covered with Maidenhair fern
Chalk Ridge Falls
moss fight with Dad & Grandma