Day 1,271 – Thankful for a Family Hike at Wildcat Mountain State Park

Okay, I kind of feel obligated to start with this…  It’s a bluff, not a mountain.  Just for clarity in case someone isn’t quite sure of the geography in this area.  Just sayin’… 😉

Somehow we’ve never really gone to spend any time at Wildcat Mountain State Park.  It’s about an hour or so away and very scenic, but for whatever reason we’ve just never gotten there until today.  We’ve driven past it a few times but have never actually pulled in.  With a little cabin fever setting in Becky had the great idea to head over and go for a hike.  It was a great opportunity to enjoy being outside while staying well over 6 feet away from anyone (there was only a small handful of other people there and all small groups were spread out by at least a 10th of a mile).

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We had a pretty excellent family hike up and down a few of the trails in the area.  The drift less area is so beautiful, this park showed off that beauty around each and every bend in the trail.  I can only imagine how awesome it must look in the fall.  There is no question we’ll be back again at least a few times in the future.

Both of the boys were using it as an opportunity to help them advance in Scouts.  Gavin is working on his Hiking merit badge so this was the first long-dish hike.  Next comes a 10 miler, another 10 miler, and a 15 miler to close it up.  Dominic has a few things left on his Cooking merit badge so he made, packed, and carried our lunches and trail mix.  How cool to be able to mix some family time in with physical activity and work towards their Scouting goals?

Yeah, there’s some very heavy stuff going on in the world right now.  It’s amazing how all of that stress and fear can melt away while spending time with family and enjoying the beauty of nature.  Throw in some pretty solid physical activity and it’s pretty much exactly what the doctor ordered.  Having the sun pop out often while hiking was an incredible bonus.  I am excited for life to get back to normal, but I’m also thankful for the opportunity to pause and enjoy some of my favorite things in life.

Thanks!!!

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