Boo Memorial Garden 7-22-18

After hiking the Nature Trail at Giant City State Park (Link to that Post), we stopped by Boo Memorial Garden (Atlas Obscura Info) near Carbondale IL.

Wow! We were completely blown away at how nicely maintained and well made this park was! Everything was sanded smooth (no splinters to when you bonk you head on something) and there was oodles of things for the kids to find as they ran through the castle. Absolutely worth the stop if you are pass through the area, especially if you have kids under the age of 20.

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Giant City State Park Nature Trail Hike 7-22-18

We broke away from the never ending projects that come with building a new house (another post on that later) to run down to Southern Illinois for a bit. We need to start getting the kids to hike on their own as they are both getting to be a bit too heavy for carry around these days. So we choose the Nature Trail at Giant City (PDF of Brochure)  :

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Klondike Park Hike 1-20-18

After suffering a bit of cabin fever, the weather broke and allowed us to get out this past weekend for a bit of a hike. This was the boy’s first “Big Boy” hike and he managed to hike the full two miles all by himself. He had a few falls, but overall it went very well!

We hiked the overlook trail as well as the Hogsback trail down the bluff:
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Both kids started out strong and made it up to the top of the overlook trail:
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And of course, stabbing and cracking ice was too much fun to resist!
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Nice view from the overlook:
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After leaving the overlook, we headed down the hogsback trail:
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Lots of fun little bridges on the way down:
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The rosy cheeked boy was very tired by the end of the trail:
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Klondike park was a very nice little park and I hope to make the trip out that way again with the bike sometime in the future to do a bit more exploring!