Date: August 17, 2014
Location: Lake Miami (Monroe County)
Distance: 2.44 miles
Critters Spotted: Turkeys, sweat bees, a bumble bee, elk, butterflies, toad and dragonflies. We did not spot, but had evidence of, either a wasp or hornet that stung Mom on each wrist.
We spotted our first critters just outside the park. A bunch of turkeys crossed the road in front of us.
We arrived at our destination and got our customary photo of the park sign.
“Do you think you could get a little closer to the sign, so I can get a better picture?” Mom asked.
Yep, that should do it.
We drove to an overlook and ate lunch in a picnic shelter nearby.
There were tons of sweat bees around at lunch. Andrew decided to make one a pet. He named is Gerald.
After lunch, we hit the playground.
Next, we went in search of more critters.
After the elk viewing, we drove over to the lake to start our hike. Paige was being silly.
We were surprised to find several ponds in the area.
Back by the lake, we could see across to the park sign in the background on the left and the picnic shelter where we ate lunch on the right (there is a concrete pad in the gap between the trees and our shelter was near there).
The trail was not maintained very well, so the girls were annoyed with the tall grass hitting their legs. It was also a warm and humid day, so there was some grumpiness that was detracting from the pretty views.
Everyone smile after climbing that hill!
We weren’t sure where the trail was going or how far it might go, so we decided to turn the grumpies around and head back the way we came. First, we hit a shortcut and got covered in little friends.
Dad was trying to be patient with us pokey ones.
Once we finished our hike, we were going to check out the dock by the lake. We had been there once before a year or two ago, and we had great memories of our time there. This year, the dock was a bust. The lake was lower and the dock barely touched the water. Mom was going to check it out when she got stung by the evil wasp or hornet, so we threw a couple rocks from the boat launch instead and then headed out.
We were attempting to reenact our previous trip. As we were headed to our next destination we made a pit stop when we saw a cool playground in Bussey.
This place has some fun slides!
On the way to the restroom (which were the nicest I’ve ever seen in a park), Paige got on the stage and said, “Take my picture!”
The park had some old-school equipment, too.
Morgan was disappointed one horse was missing.
Thankfully, her sister shared.
After our detour, we headed across the mile-long bridge at Lake Red Rock. We then headed to a lookout tower we have been to before. We forgot you need quarters to get into the tower, as they have a turnstile thing that only moves if you put two quarters into it. We only had one quarter. So, we left without taking any pictures.
Our final stop of the day was for ice cream at Jersey Freeze in Monroe. (A stop that was very close to not happening due to some poor choices made my people who shall remain nameless, but were sitting in the back seat. 😉 )
This concludes our Hike #9. Hike #10 will potentially take place Labor Day Weekend, as we skipped hiking Sunday, August 24, because it was very hot and we were invited to swim at Uncle Tim & Aunt Amanda’s pool, which sounded like a much better way to burn energy on a hot day.