Thursday, March 29, 2012

Our adventure in the Canyons. Illinois style.


Our next spring break adventure... Starved Rock state park.  We'd never been there and I've always wanted to go.  One reason is I wanted to see it to believe it.  Canyons in ILLINOIS?  No way.  But alas, it is true and we were so pleasantly surprised by our little hiking time together.

For one thing, the kids are old enough now to walk around for a while without asking to be held every 10 minutes.  That in itself was amazing.
Other than the gas it cost to get there, our adventure was free!   

 






I bought these shoes on Tuesday.  What was I thinking?

Tossing rocks into the water... Still one of their fave things to do...

I couldn't look at the camera for fear of losing my balance.

Lunch at the Cafe Odyssey


Fish spotting
Something's in the water!
my cutie pie

Her "golden rock" got wet and the "gold" didn't show anymore...

Still sulking...

Gathering rocks to throw into the water

me and my darlin's

Cute little frog

This guy was a champ.  His little legs walked nearly the entire time without complaint!

Leaves!

Daddy to the rescue.  Lots of little waterways to cross during our walk.

Ewwwwwwww!



Check out his sweatshirt pouch.  His new collection of "gold" rocks.  He also acquired a mustache along the way. ha.
Lesson learned...
*Bring a change of clothing for everyone.
*Even though no one is in diapers, always have wet wipes on hand.
*Even though there are countless rocks everywhere, kids still fight over that "one".   Can I get an AMEN?

A day spent in God's beautiful creation works wonders for the soul. 

(How Great Thou Art-2nd Stanza)
When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze;
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee; How great Thou art!
How great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee;
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

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