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When I say I enjoy going on outdoor adventures with my guys, I’m not lying. Seriously, I’d love to go on adventures more than I love being at home! That’s some serious love, because I’ve always been a ‘homebody’ and I rather enjoy quiet, solitude, and comfort. Well, come to think of it, I don’t get much of the quiet and solitude with 2 busy little boys roaming around. But, that doesn’t mean given a choice, I don’t want to be at home.
For me, there’s something else about being home that really lights me up. Or rather, it just keeps me separated from all.the.drama that can be found in the world. Well, that and temptation. No, not that kind of temptation. The temptation of consumerism. Even though I simultaneously loathe the busy-ness and noise of shopping and the expense, I do enjoy finding new and interesting or useful or necessary things. I’m way off topic though, so let’s get back to it.
Oh yes! Outdoor adventures. Mountains. Trees. Hiking. Water. So many things often found in the same place and I love exposing the boys to such wonderful experiences.
Those are all things that light me up inside even more than being at home. Literally, I’ll drop everything – to do lists, cleaning the house, blogging, everything. It’s not unusual for Hun or I to say something like, “It’s a nice day to go somewhere.” or “I really want to get out and moving, clear some space.” or even “Let’s find something to do.”
We rarely plan an outdoor adventure days or weeks ahead of time, opting to just head out when we see fit. Or more likely, when we can (work and paying bills can get in the way). Not too long ago, we did just that. We decided to take a drive and spend some time in nature. Hun’s had to work so much and his work is so incredibly physically demanding, it’s sometimes hard for him to do more than relax and rest his body. Nonetheless, on this particular weekend, we took one of the longer trips we’ve taken in over a year (not counting visiting family). We drove through the night until we made it to a national forest before resting for a few hours.
After breakfast and a bit of play for the boys, we headed off to explore.
First stop, a the visitors’ center we’d never entered. Here we learned and viewed so much.
Then, a quick little hike up the mountain, where we encountered different types of moss, interesting trees, and we all connected with one another.
After heading back down the mountain, we walked a little ways to see an old iron ore mine. The mine has collapsed in some places, so actually going into it wasn’t an option. But, I did sneak down and get a few photos of the entrance to the mine.
Then, we headed off on a quick drive to the very top of the area and got a few photos.
Despite the sun reflections, Hun took a quick shot of Monkey Boy and I at the exact place I requested a picture before. (The sun reflections are crazy there, so the shots aren’t that great.)
And, before heading out of the forest and making our way back home, we did this.
All, so we could play in the river! Since we were busy exploring the space, playing, and otherwise having a blast, there aren’t any pictures to show. But, I do have this from one of our previous visits.
We had such an incredible time driving, hiking, learning, and exploring. And, now that Fall is here, I can’t wait to visit more mountain areas and take pictures with the Fall foliage!
What kind of adventures does your family enjoy? Where are some great places you’ve been? What activities light you up??