MLK Day was spent as a family enjoying each other's company and temperatures in the 50's. The kids all brought home excellent report cards the week before and for the first time ever, all 3 kids scored on-grade level in the MAP scores (state assessment tests). We thought that deserved a celebration so we enjoyed lunch at our favorite Kentucky original restaurant, Wallace Station. We even ate outside at their picnic tables (crazy for January!) We couldn't travel too far from home because we had evening activities so we headed to a park in Lexington. McConnell Springs is the founding sight of the the town of Lexington. In June 1775, William McConnell and his fellow frontier explorers camped at a natural spring in the wilderness of the Virginia territory known as Kentucky. Word came from nearby Fort Boonesboro that the first battle of the American Revolution had been fought in Lexington, Massachusetts. In honor of the battle, the group named their future settlement “Lexington”. It is now a 26 acre park that is surrounded by a vast industrial area. It was my kind of hiking-level trails that were all paved.
The kids thought it was boring (of course, no mountains and boulders to climb all over)
Chloe performing in the amphitheater
Essie checking out a small cave
Chloe in front of The Blue Hole
(which is covered in algae, a result of industrial run-off (I'm assuming)
When the area gets a heavy rain, the water boils up in this area like this
This is definitely a great place for young and old to walk some easy trail and enjoy nature, especially for those who live in the city. For my kids, however, we'll need to find some much more strenuous hiking the next time around.