The day started out cold and dreary – unseasonably so for mid-May in Kentucky. It would have been easy to stay inside and waste the day watching TV and surfing the internet. But, Mikayla and I had plans and we weren’t going to let the weather affect us. We decided to go hiking at a small lake in northern Warren County called Shanty Hollow (a popular climbing spot for locals).
Ran into a guy I went to college with and he snapped a few pictures for us.
Our destination was the waterfall. Mikayla enjoyed it, but had much more fun just throwing rocks in the water.
Many people know about the waterfall, but don’t take the time to follow the creek down where it cuts through the rock and makes a very cool ravine.
We then hiked out along the creek bed, stopping every 100 feet or so for Mikayla to throw more rocks into the water. Although it was a bit cool and a bit wet, it ended up being a great morning to be out. Here is a video of Mikayla throwing rocks!
Here is Mikayla’s tough girl look. She picked some honey-suckles and then wanted to walk the last quarter mile on her own (up until then she had mostly ridden on my back).
Our last stop was the lake shore… where of course she entertained herself by throwing more rocks. She also found a hawk feather laying on the trail.
Overall it was a great morning that served as a simple reminder of the joys of getting off your butt and into nature. I figure we had better enjoy the cold, wet weather, because the next several years won’t have much of it!