Sunday, May 31, 2015

Limekiln Falls

Rather than going home too early on Thursday, James let me stay long enough to eat some lunch and go on a hike with the family. Dave looked up places to hike and off we went to Limekiln Lake Campground. No one was at the pay booth when we went in, which was good because we had three vehicles and it was eight dollars a pop. Partway in we stopped at a bathroom facility where the guy who wasn't manning the booth stopped to chat. He let us go free and even pointed us in the direction of the nature trail, informing us that there were no longer any falls. Something to do with the beaver dam.

We walked across the fish dam bridge and hiked off into the woods where Josh suddenly had the urge to relieve himself in the wilderness way behind a big tree.

Hannah had stayed back at camp with Austin and Michele and so our group consisted of 7 adults and 5 children. The two little ones were lucky enough to get piggy back rides a good portion of the way which made traveling easier on all of us, especially Bethany who otherwise has to keep track of Jakie. While Grandpa carried Aubrey, Jake got a ride on Uncle Dave's shoulders, and I took pictures of the procession.

We didn't see any wildlife with five rambunctious children scampering about, but the flora was just as interesting.

 About halfway around the loop we came to the old beaver dam which was broken down and covered with grass. Not far beyond was a bridge over the creek where we are fairly certain there once lived a horrible, mean troll who liked to eat Billy goats. Beyond the bridge the stream widened out into a small lake,

We trekked up a small incline, through what appeared to be virgin forest, and back to the beginning of the trail. It was a good outing and a satisfying end to our overnight camping  excursion. I still wasn't ready to go home and leave all our family there but there was little I could do with having to be at work the next morning.

We took home some great memories and a want to do this again next year with everyone present and no pressing work schedules.

 It was a great way to spend some time with (almost) all of our kids and grandchildren.


  1. Your pictures are gorgeous! Getting in for free was an extra plus!

    I can still remember riding on my dad's shoulders...and the smell of his head. :)

    1. Yes, it was a gorgeous walk through the woods.

      Daddies are fun like that, aren't they? I still remember Dad giving us horsey back rides and throwing us over his shoulders "like a sack of potatoes."