Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spring Break Adventure: Day One

The kids are on Spring Break this week, so we decided to spend a couple of days enjoying Kentucky's beautiful scenery.  The kids love to go hiking, especially when they can climb around on rocks.  Winter has been holding out longer than usual, but the weather wasn't too bad for our trip.

Our first stop:  Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville, Kentucky

It was a little chilly as we got out onto the trails.

Climbing over the neat rock formations

Goofy kids





So much fun to explore

 Climbing along to ridge toward Chained Rock

Mom & Dad

Overlooking the town of Pineville

Chained Rock

A little game of tug-o-war\

Dad and his girls



Mom & Dad

Essie & Chloe



We stayed Monday night at the Pine Mountain Lodge

Chloe liked the elk head in the lodge lobby

The girls check out the view from the little patio on our room

Back out under the trees - and the blue sky has made an appearance!

Honeymoon Falls

That's Essie waving off in the distance


Moonshine Falls

Happy hikers

Essie can't pass a fallen log without climbing on it.

On the Azalea Trail, there is a little ampitheater.  (The stage is across the pond there.)  The kids are watching mud puppies in the water. 

This old train trestle is now a walking bridge in Clear Creek Hollow




Crossing Clear Creek on the old railroad trestle

Finding a tree that had been gnawed by a beaver

There were dozens of vultures that nest in the hollow behind the lodge.  Check out the video below to see how many:

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