Thanksgiving in the Great Outdoors

Date November 27, 2009

We’ve been in Ohio for over two years now…and haven’t gone camping since we moved! That’s hard to believe, but it’s also easy to believe — the kids are getting to an age where they’ve got weekend commitments of one sort or another quite often, and, on 3-day and 4-day weekends when we would have gone camping in Texas, we’re more likely to head to “the farm” in West Virginia.

We decided to give camping a go for Thanksgiving this year, heading an hour-and-a-half to the southeast to Hocking Hills State Park, which a number of our friends have commented about as a place worth checking out. It didn’t disappoint!

A few of my favorite pictures from the trip…

Benton and Carson Cross the A-frame Bridge Near Old Man’s Cave

Brothers on a Bridge

The View Over the Side of the A-frame Bridge
(A stepped bridge made of individual concrete pillars with cantilevered platforms for each step — pretty neat design)

Looking Down from the A-Frame Bridge

Alana on the Trail Around Rose Lake

Alana Walks Around Rose Lake

“The Sphynx” on the Face of a Cliff at Old Man’s Cave

"The Sphynx" at Old Man's Cave

Benton and I Playing Around with Slow Shutter Speeds and a Lightstick
(This photo is as it was taken — no post-processing)

Slow Shutter Speed and a Willing Son

Everyone had a good time (although Molly found herself wishing she had a thicker fur coat — she got chilled a few times), and everyone agreed that we should make a point to camp more often. Julie is already planning spring break…

Click the picture below to view the full album of pictures from the trip (31 are posted):

Thanksgiving 2009 — Camping at Hocking Hills State Park

3 Responses to “Thanksgiving in the Great Outdoors”

  1. Mom said:

    What fun to view the slide show – and how fun that everyone had fun! Hocking Hills looks like a wonderful place…and it doesn’t appear that it was crowded. ;o)

  2. When Dad’s Toy Meets Son’s Toy | Second Tree Blog said:

    […] we were camping over Thanksgiving, I introduced Benton to the idea of slow-shutter-speed photography. During that trip, it was waving […]

  3. Camping in Hocking Hills | Second Tree Blog said:

    […] Our camping frequency has dropped off dramatically since we’ve moved to Ohio, so we decided in the middle of the summer to simply pick a weekend and make it happen. The trip was in late September, and we opened up the activity to a range of friends. As it turned out, my sister flew up from Austin to attend, the Pages (with their three kids), one of my co-workers and his daughter, and another of Benton’s friends all came. It turned out to be the right-sized crowd, and it was an easy-going, compatible bunch. We headed down to Hocking Hills, which is widely regarded as one of the more scenic areas in Ohio (and where we camped over Thanksgiving two years ago). […]

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