One day, though, we needed to run some errands in town (getting feed, mailing out orders, etc.) and decided to combine that with a hike at a state park right close by. While not quite the Rocky Mountains :), we had so much fun there! Even despite the mosquitoes . . . there were gazillions of them. And that's not much of an exaggeration. :)
The first part of the hike, they were so abundant that we walked quite fast as we found that prevented them from biting. We were only stopping very briefly to look at something, take a photo, etc. It was quite entertaining! As we went on, there were fewer and fewer of the pesky little creatures, and we slowed down our pace.
Sunlight filtering through the trees with the creek down below
The hike is 2.5 miles and is estimated to take 1 hr. and 45 min., but we did it in less than an hour. Largely thanks to the mosquitoes. :)
We had to laugh at this sign . . . great directions, eh?
(By looking at the map, then we could see that the arrow pointing to the right was simply to a short exit/entrance trail to the main trail.)
There were so many pretty little wildflowers blooming!
A terrible photo, but it shows the Pileated Woodpecker we were able to see! A rare treat. There were so many birds flitting through the trees and calling/singing which added to the enjoyable atmosphere.
Mosquito haven :)
Laughing, teasing and enjoying it all, we had so much fun here wading in the water, watching the little minnows, and more.
The water felt so good!
Looking up the creek
Colorful leaves floating downstream
Eventually, we left the water behind and proceeded on our way . . . .
The rocky trail
Going up into the hills
Leah taking a picture of some asters
We finished out our hike hot, sweaty, and happy (oh yes, and a little itchy, too!) It was so fun to squeeze in this much enjoyed little outing into our week!