Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve
My sister recently visited Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve and posted some awesome pics on Facebook, so I really had to check it out to keep up with her. She neglected to mention the hill of death, but I guess I’ll forgive her because the view was definitely worth it.
This place is pretty bare bones, and that’s putting gently. The amenities include a sign kiosk and a gravel area that suggested it was a parking lot. No bathrooms. Why is it every time I need to attend to “business” in the forest my entire family would like to watch me, be near me, or otherwise make it completely uncomfortable. I swear. Olivia is also now well versed in the outdoor bathroom experience, and I am well versed in where to put my shoes to avoid splashdown.
Most of this trail is very heavily forested in a Disney movie kind of way. We saw about a million butterflies flitting about (and flying in our faces), and that was a big highlight for the kids. Also for me, not going to lie.
Most of this trail was flat or not too steep, until we came to the loop that the supposed overlook was on. It was basically straight up and straight down. We were all feeling pretty cranky on that ascent. Liv was convinced she needed to hold my hand, aka be dragged up. OMG was that challenging. I *may* have lost my cool too. My knee rehab is going well, but sometimes I hit a wall and get discouraged. It has taken so much work for me to get this far, and it just felt like I had been sitting around eating donuts for the last six months instead of working out!
Jake didn’t have it any easier than I did though. Abby had a serious meltdown halfway up and he had to carry her to the top. Fun time for all. Eventually we made it and all my family picture dreams came true. I think it’s hilarious and frustrating that those random shots of everyone sweaty and tired turn out so much better than the carefully planned family pictures on the beach. Jake dubbed this one an abduction gone wrong.
We eventually made our way down. You’d think gravity would be helpful here, but oh my stars. My poor knees. On the way out the kids found some sticks, and we busted out the Moana Soundtrack to motivate the kids back to the car. Disney music, it never fails you.