Sunday, October 12, 2008

Camping at Lake Malone

We just had a fun-filled weekend camping with Kevin. We went camping at Lake Malone, which is a state park half way between Bowling Green and Paducah. It was a pretty little lake and the camp site was nice with lots of tall cedar trees to shade the site. This is a picture looking up into the trees that Cody took. The camp site unfortunately wasn't on the lake, but we could hike to it. Kevin brought a friend of his, Shannon and her son Trenton. Our boys had fun entertaining Trenton who is two. I hope he didn't pick up too many bad things from them. It was a really nice weekend, but actually got a little hot for camping. We did have to put on long pants at night, but in the afternoon it was at least 85 both Saturday and Sunday. Which was a little hot for hiking and hanging by a campfire. We did both anyway. There was a "short hike" from our campsite to the lake, that looped back around to the campsite. At the end of the hike it said 1.5 miles, but we all said that it had to be at least 2.5 miles or more. Especially with the boys aged 2, 4, and 6 hiking along with us. They all did exceptionally well and hiked the whole way with no complaints until the last uphill section back to the campsite.

The hike started out with a mowed walkway through a tall field for about 1/2 a mile. Then we reached a pretty forest where we crunched through the leaves.
The fall foliage was a lot prettier there than it is at home.

As we got closer to the lake, the terrain became more rocky. Kind of like hikes in Gatlinburg. The boys stumbled over rocks, tree roots, and valleys. But had a blast being outdoors exploring.

Cody said this was his most favorite hike.

Caleb enjoyed finding things along the way, like this blue jay feather. "You have to get a picture of this feather, Mama".

Check out the cool rocky mountain side along the path.

The adults were worn out after the hike, but the boys were still racing around like little Indians. So they ended up playing at the playground. Trenton tried to follow the boys up the tall slide, but quickly changed his mind when he saw how high it was, I think Shannon was glad he changed his mind.

Trenton is so cute and full of never-ending energy. Ben and I remember Cody being that way a couple of years ago. Saturday night we had the most awesome porkchops, which we started out over the campfire. Then grilled on our campstove. Yummy! Along with our fantastic porkchops, we had some tasty campfire apples. That could only have been better, if we'd had some cinnamon to sprinkle over them. Then of course, we had to roast a few marshmallows and make smores to be festive. Even if we did feel a little sick from eating so much by that point.

Ben woke up and started cooking eggs and bacon for everyone. He is my breakfast cook. I am not a morning person and he knows I don't like cooking that early in the morning.

The boys were happy with powdered doughnuts. After playing on the playground again, it was time to pack up for another day.


Jim said...

"I don't like getting up and cooking in the morning..." but she'll get up and take a picture of someone else doing it! LOL :)

Looks like y'all had a great time. I haven't been there in years. Looks like a trip to me!

Kev said...

It was a fun time, despite the heat. Glad you all got to meet Shannon and Trenton.

The Hadfields said...

How fun!! Man, I just realized how much your boys look like Ben. Glad yall had fun and took advantage of this wonderful weather!!