As I mentioned in my last post, we just got back from our little trip to Hocking Hills. We had a great time hiking, boating and chilling out. I wanted to share a few pictures with everyone.
This is a picture of Little Dude playing in the sand at Ash Cave. I wish I had a better picture of the cave to show you, but it was so enormous, that I just couldn't get a good shot of everything. Next time I'm there, I'll have a tripod & a wide angle lens!
We also visited Cedar Falls, which was spectacular:
There was this little yellow butterfly fluttering around when we were at Cedar Falls, but I didn't get a good shot of him because I don't think he landed at all. In fact, we saw lots of butterflies when we were at Hocking. Once, we drove through a patch of several of them. This butterfly shot was taken outside of our cabin, in a little bunch of wild flowers:
We rented a pontoon boat one day & sailed around Lake Logan, which was so fun. The breeze was cool, the water was calm & we saw lots of herons (and even a couple of peacocks, strange enough). Here is a shot of a heron from the boat:
I think it had just caught a fish. We got to watch many herons fishing in action. I guess Lake Logan is known for its abundance of fish.
Our cabin had a hot tub on the back deck - almost all of the cottages/cabins in Hocking do. I didn't think the kids would like it, but we turned the temp down & they used it like a mini-pool. Whenever we were at the cabin, they were swimming away:
On our last day there, we went hiking at Conkle's Hollow, which I think was my favorite hike from the trip. It was a beautiful hike along the forest floor & the scenery was 200 ft. cliffs surrounding the gorge. At the end of the trail, there was a plunge pool with a tiny cascade of water (I wouldn't call it a waterfall) and when you looked up, this is what you saw:
We were all so tired from our trip, but it was a happy tired. Here is my 5 year old on the car ride home, completely wrapped up in her blankie, asleep, probably dreaming of ferns and butterflies and moss and caterpillars and hot tubs:
If you ever get the opportunity to go to Hocking Hills, it is worth the drive. It's so beautiful there, and a great vacation spot for families. I hope we can go back again soon.