I haven’t had a chance to update much about our recent travels, and because of my severe bronchitis which plagued me the entire vacation, we don’t have a TON of stories… but we did manage to have one really great family day out, which I just had to share. It was our last day there, and we’d been dealing with rain and stormy weather for most of the trip, and we were blessed with one very gorgeous sunny day. We knew exactly what we were going to do with it.
Mark and I packed up the kids and made our way out of town to one of our favorite places – Rimrock. If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you may remember a post I shared when I was pregnant with Daniel when we took Dexter hiking there. I’ve been going there since I was a little kid, and I never ever get tired of it. Anyway, we headed out there, both kids in tow and spent a couple of hours hiking the trails and looking for “Magic Fairies.” Dexter is really obsessed with magic these days – he pronounces it with a hard G sound, which is adorable.
As we were hiking, Dexter noticed a small little pebble which was shaped like a coin and was full of sparkle. He picked it up and deemed it his “Magic Rock.” Every time any of us got tired or needed to rest (mostly mommy, of course…), he would come over, rock in hand, and pretend to heal us. It made it very hard to take a break!
After hiking back to the top, we decided to get in the car and take a short drive down the road and visit the Bent Run Waterfall, a lovely hike in itself. The only other time we’d taken Dexter there, it had been autumn, and it was wet and slippery. He was too little to keep up, and so we didn’t go very far. This time, though, we decided to climb up a little higher to visit some of the upper falls. I’m so glad we did. The kids had a ball, playing in the water, and Mark took each of them in turn right up to the falls to touch them. It was wonderful.
The scenery is so beautiful, and it is really a place you have to see to appreciate. While the falls aren’t particularly high or anything, they have their own majesty, hidden as they are in the heart of the Kinzua valley.
Once we’d had our fill of hiking – and once my pregnant bladder gave in! – we headed back into civilization. We had plans to go see my brother at his second job (he’s a waiter at a pub) so had a bit of time to kill. We decided it would be fun to take the kids strawberry picking. The funny thing is that neither I nor Dexter like strawberries. And Daniel had had a bad experience the day before when my mom made strawberry shortcake, and he’d choked on it. So I’m not sure why we thought it’d be a good idea…
We headed over to the Hatch Patch, a long-standing institution in Warren, which has veggies and fruits available every season. They have a huge bunch of fields full of various produce, and everyone goes there to pick fresh strawberries in summer and pumpkins in the fall. They also sell delicious corn. I’m making myself hungry!
Anyway, we took the kids out and spent half an hour letting them fill their baskets with the freshest, most delicious strawberries imaginable! Even I, who don’t like them usually, ate them like candy. So sweet and ripe and beautiful. Daniel sat himself down and just ate them straight off the plants – green parts and all!
In the end, we bought two quarts of them, and we ended up eating them all! DELICIOUS!
After strawberry picking, we headed over to have dinner, after which we hit the local Dairy Queen for a dipped cone. It was a lot to pack into one day, but we had so much fun and made many happy memories. I created this little video to chronicle our fun, and I hope you’ll enjoy it. We sure had a blast!