Monday, May 29, 2006

The Intrepid Explorer

The Intrepid Explorer
Originally uploaded by Ryan Claycomb
Big holiday weekends with the kids have, until recently, mostly meant an extra day at home with the kids doing the usual weekend routine. It has just been too much effort to get out the door to do anything special, and most people who would've done something with us, had kids of a similar age, so it was a big pain for them to get out and do anything, either.

We were very happy, therefore, when our friends Cari and Eric invited us on a picnic to Cooper's Rock State Park, about 25 minutes from our place. But we had some reservations...

"Is this a hiking trip?"
"No, you can park right next to the picnic area."
"Are the bathrooms?"
"Yup, right there."
"Portajohns, or an actual building?"
"With sinks and everything."
"We're in."

The kids had a good time, and the actual overlook (a short walk from the picnic tables) is stunning--I've done my share of hiking in Shenandoah, so I sort of suspected to be underwhelmed by the view, but it was gorgeous. For some reason, I didn't actually get any shots of it, though. Probably because I was busy keeping one toddler or other from falling to his or her doom.

The kids had a good time, though...With a water fountain, a tree stump and a small boulder nearby, they were content. It's nice that the twins are now old enough that we are able to finally do things that normal people do on holiday weekends, like picnic in gorgeous state parks, for example.

Posted by claycomb at May 29, 2006 2:18 PM


Looks like the Munchkins know how to enjoy a picnic. Bet their appetites for picnic fare matched their love of adventure. Hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend. Apparently summer has arrived ahead of schedule.
Posted by: Gramps at June 1, 2006 12:33 PM

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