Thursday, June 2, 2016

Hike of the Week: Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

             Hey folks! As I've been mentioning lately, I really enjoy hiking, though I haven't been doing nearly as much of it as I would like to. You might think it's because I have a new baby (which is definitely another reason!), but to be honest, I've been letting my snake phobia get the better of me lately. We have plenty of space to go for a nature walk at home, but I've just been too damn afraid of snakes to go by myself with the kids. They are EVERYWHERE this time of year. But, that's a whole other story...
             I've decided to give a new series of sorts a go here on the blog to keep me motivated to go hiking more. I made a summer bucket list of nearby places I would like to visit and go hiking at and it's definitely nice enough to go now. Thing is, John has been busy on his days off helping his parents get their new house move in ready. I would love to host more hike and picnic lunch playdates for our group but honestly, even though Ripley is four months old now, I still cannot get to most places on time. It's kind of embarrassing. I feel like I should have my shit a little more together by now. That's also a whole other can of worms...
             Anyways, I'm hoping writing about our adventures on here will give me the inspiration to get out there more, even if I don't have a hiking buddy. After all, I used to go hiking by myself with Myka all the time and there were a lot more venomous snakes in Arkansas than Indiana. ;) Plus, it will hopefully give me a chance to hang out with an old friend I just “reunited” with recently because she likes hiking too.

             Sunday, May 22nd, I took the kids hiking with my aforementioned friend at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve in Bloomington. I've only been there twice before back in the fall, but I really like it. I got some great pictures of Myka from a playdate there when the leaves were changing. Here's one of my faves below.

             I also hosted a laid back hike and picnic lunch last November as well for our playdate group there. It was a lot of fun! I got to meet some new people and it was fun letting the kids run around and explore at their own pace. We did a nice, flat trail next to the creek which this 6 months pregnant mama was very thankful for at the time!
             I was hoping to go on a new trail this time, especially since I was feeling more adventurous since I had my friend and her dog with us...but I couldn't find my map. And, shocker, I was already running late, so no time to print a new one. So, we did the one next to the creek again and ended up going on another short one I had been dragged on at the playdate pictured above. Oh well. It was just nice to get some fresh air and have some adult company for a change. :D

I was (unsuccessfully) trying to get a picture of those swallowtail butterflies over there on the right. They wouldn't hold still. Imagine that. :D

Someone always has to fight the good fight with the sleepies while I'm wearing her...but she always caves eventually...Usually five minutes before we're getting ready to leave wherever we are.
             Oh. And I would just like to say that I saw TWO freaking snakes and didn't have a panic attack, so bully for me! But seriously, TWO?! The first one we had literally been walking for like a minute and both were right next to the trail...and there were tons of people there! “They're more afraid of us than we are of them.” Right...

1 comment:

  1. Hi! Stopping by from Mom Bloggers Club. Great blog!
    Have a nice day!