Sunday, October 19, 2014

Our Visit to Hartwick Pines State Park 2014

Growing up, I always loved coming north of our state (Michigan) for vacations.  There is so much to do and see.  A lot of nature and historical avenues to visit.  One of my favorite places is Hartwick Pines State Park.

We have been there several times and once with Kelly when she was younger.  Now it was time to take all three girls.  It was considered a "homeschool field trip." 

When we stay at our family cabin, we always here this repeated thumping sound in the woods.  We could never figure out what it was.  It almost drove me nuts.  What could it be? LOL!

In the nature center portion of Hartwick Pines there is hands-on and audio section where you get to hear the types of birds that reside in Michigan.  One of the birds had that exact thumping sound we always hear.  Mystery solved!  Yet, silly me, I forgot to document the name of the bird and take a pic to put here on the blog. And do you think I remember the name? Homeschool mom FAIL!  Oh dear!

Anyways, here are just a few pics of our adventures through Hartwick Pines. Enjoy!

Logging Wheel

Type of Housing for Loggers in the Winter
Food and Lodging area for the loggers.

What it would be like to saw a tree!

 
Oldest known tree in Hartwick Pines

The beautiful trees
The historical chapel
Beautiful Chapel Window

 
Now just a few fun pics on our way back to the cabin! =)


 
And a stick bug daddy noticed when we got back to the cabin to get ready for a fire!
 

My Three Blessings

My Three Blessings
Photo by Emily Haapala Photography

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