Thursday, April 4, 2013

Hiking at Muscatatuck Wildlife Refuge

In preparation for our move to England, we haven't been doing much exploring or traveling (aside from our trip to Missouri earlier this week... I can't wait to share more about that!). There just seems to be so many tasks that need to be done around here, and we're saving as much of my husband's vacation time as we can for exploring Europe.

But a few weeks ago, I was desperate for a day out. I wanted to be reminded of how fun my kids are, away from battles over the same toy, 4 a.m. wakeups, and food being flung from high chairs. In other words, we needed a break from the day-to-day routine.

It was a sunny and unseasonably warm Saturday in early March. The hiking trail at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in Seymour, Indiana was calling out to us.

It's one of our favorite places. As is usually the case there, we didn't see another soul until the volunteer at the nature center greeted us. Instead, we shared the trail with sunshine reflected on lazy steams of water.

And trees looming tall over our heads.

And reminders that maybe buds on tree branches would soon be appearing.

Sure, the boys got pretty whiney toward the end of the trail. There's no such thing as a perfect outing with kids this age. But that's not what I'll remember. It's giggles like these that keep a mom going during the long days.

A day spent away from life's endless to-do list with my three favorite guys. And a chance to pause and remember how lucky I am. Thanks, Mother Nature. I needed this.

Interested in hiking at Muscatatuck with your family? I wrote more about a previous visit to Muscatatuck here.

This post is a part of Photo Friday at Delicious Baby.