Hiking Trip

This week the kids and I headed to NE Iowa to do some hiking.

We spent our first day at Pike’s Peak State Park (Yes, Zebulon Pike did name two peaks after himself). We looked out over the Mississippi and hiked to Bridal Veil Falls. After that we headed to Effigy Mounds National Monument where we took a hike, did some worksheets about the mounds, and the kids became Junior Rangers. It was an exhausting and fun day.

The next day we headed to Decorah. We had a late start due to rain (did I check the weather before our trip or pack rain gear? No.). We hiked at Dunning’s Springs to visit the ice cave and explore the falls. We had a great time wandering around the park before meeting up with a friend for coffee. My niece goes to school in Decorah, and we had a wonderful time going to a playground, yarn shop, and dinner. It was a wonderful day.

We hope to get out on more hiking trips this fall. I’m enjoying the kids being able to log some miles on the trails.

15 thoughts on “Hiking Trip

  1. Olivia says:

    Great trip! You have the best time with those kiddos. I took my “kids” on a hike this past weekend (corgis make great substitute kids) we went to Connecticut and hiked the Salmon River Trail that starts by crossing a 1791 Covered Bridge. It was pretty steep and the leaves were just floating down all around us. My daughter & her dog were much more energetic as they go hiking all the time. Plus her dog’s legs are a lot longer, lol. But we ended with a picnic by the river. I made stand up pork pies 😋 served with applesauce & picalilli mustard, with cheese and honey jelly on rosemary crackers and cider. We washed it all down with a thermos of hot tea and molasses cookies (my fall specialty). Nothing could be better, I can’t wait to go again, even if it’s a 3 hr drive to get there (and then home).
    I gotta tell you, you inspire me all the time with your kids. Such a great family. xo

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