Parking it

     During this past weekend our family went to Turtle River State Park, near Arvilla, N.D. It’s one of our favorite spots to visit and this weekend was the annual Turtle Fest. We weren’t the only ones enjoying the park on a lovely June day. Not only were there many families at the festival, the camp sites were also nearly full.

      After we ate lunch, attended the minnow race and saw the reptile and amphibian display, our family hiked around the park. I forgot how steep some of the trails are and the muscles in my  legs definitely could feel the strain of hiking uphill. Ellen, age 6, was a little apprehensive about walking on the trail which is kind of open on one side because, as she said, "Mom, I’m used to walking on the flat ground." It was good for both of us to try something  a little different.

      Every time I go to the park I realize anew what a treasure it is and how fortunate we are to live so close by. Our family plans to go camping there next week and I’m looking forward to more hiking, frog catching (and releasing) and some time around the camp fire.