Hocking Hills

Image result for hocking hills old man caveMost of the time when you make suggestions to people for different things whether it is the gym you go to, best restaurants,  bakery, coffee shop, book, computer, shoe brand etc, most of the time they will always ask you which is your favorite. When it comes to hiking my number one place to recommend to others is hocking hills! Hocking Hills is in Ohio and here they have all different things for people to do!
Here at Hocking Hills, you can go exploring so many different areas around! They have beautiful waterfalls and caves which are my absolute favorite. You can stay in cabins they have there, go camping, go canoeing or kayaking, and ride zip lines! The best cave to hike around is “Old Mans Cave”. It is a six-mile course which is really long but when you begin walking and seeing all the senary it doesn’t even feel that long! The best day to go on is a warm cool day when the sun is shinning especially if there is water around. Just having the sun reflect off the water, it looks so beautiful.  Staying in the cabins is also one of the best experiences that you could have. Getting to walk around and explore and then go to bed in a nice cabin and then get back up and do it all again. They also have a cave that is called “Ash Cave” and that one is a lot of fun as well! These destinations are so much fun but they are the most fun when you’re with family and friends! Get out and take a walk around Hocking Hills!

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The Great Outdoors

img_0316Many children nowadays spend most of their time on their cell phones, computers and ipads and just so much more. Although this is not good for many different reasons there are alternatives to help get kids moving. Being outdoors is honestly the best thing for kids no matter what kind of age! Growing up all I ever wanted to do was gather up all my cousins and go play outside! Now that I am 18 and graduating and working all the time I don’t always have the time to do these things. When your younger all you ever want to do is play outside with your friends, find things to do to get you out of chores and just so much more. As for myself whenever my family asked what we wanted to do all of us would ask to go to the park or just something that had to do with the outdoors. Being outdoors is really good for not only the physical body but spiritually. It’s so refreshing to just get outside in the sun and just enjoy that time out in the open and the great outdoors. When your outside there is limitless things for you to do! Now that we are grown adults and growing to be, we would love to spend time outside rather than being trapped inside and working. Working and going school you tend to miss a lot of the fun activities that are going on outside in all the beautiful weather! I guess the moral of the story is, enjoy being a kid and get outside and enjoy the great outdoors!

Beautiful Sunrise/Sunset

img_1561.pngThe outdoors is the perfect setting for that perfect picture. No matter where you are and when the sun is setting you can’t help but pull your phone or camera out! Or maybe it’s just me. I am such a, “I have to take a picture” kind of person no matter who I’m around. Regardless of who you are, every single one of us has seen that beautiful sunset or sunrise and all we think to ourselves is, “how beautiful or that’s so pretty.” Majority of peoples reaction is to get the camera out!
For all of us helpless romantics, we just can’t help but have that perfect sunset for the perfect date and picture. Having that setting just takes your breath away. When I wake up in the mornings I’m not always the sweetest person just because I am not a morning person whatsoever. As I start my day off driving to school, I see that beautiful sunrise and all the sudden it puts me in a better mood. It’s just something where you can’t help but think how God made that and just how he continues to share this beauty with us. The greatest thing about the sun is that the sunset and sunrise colors are always changing over time and producing all these colors. My favorite colors are when they are very red but has the tint of that blue sky in it and especially when it’s reflecting off the water. The best spots to take the best sunrise and sunset pictures is somewhere out in the country, around the water or simply wherever you think! Take these beautiful pictures and share them with others because everyone loves to see what you’ve captured!

Camping!

Image result for campingWho else used to love the times when your parents would say, “pack up your bags, we’re going camping!” Those were the moments I would love to hear. Whether we were going to stay in a camper or in a tent, none of it mattered as long as we were with our friends or family. A lot of the kids nowadays don’t even know the amount of fun you have when you go camping!
Late nights you would stay up sitting by the fire or listening to the crickets chirp at night, or just talking so much until your parents beside you told you to be quiet. I remember the days we would go camping and it was like we would go to bed so late just because we wanted to talk and have fun and then, in the morning, we would wake up so refreshed ready to start doing things right when we woke up. Most of the time our family would stay at different campgrounds that had many activities for you and your family to do! Our favorite getaway is campground KOA off of 37 near Buckeye Lake in Ohio! Here they have cabins to stay in, campgrounds for tents and places for you to put your RV.
This place has so many amenities to satisfy your needs and make your stay wonderful! They have a pool that is open to you, a game room, golf course, wifi, a mini shop, propane, wifi and so much more! Whether you stay in a tent, cabin or RV, you’ll still manage to have tons of fun especially if you go to this location. The sweet thing about this place is that they always have fun activities going on! You will not be disappointed staying here!

Ice Fishing

Related imageHave you ever thought about going ice fishing? Well, I’m sure now that you’ve clicked on this post you are! For those of who are not familiar, ice fishing is the practice of catching fish through an open hole of ice on a lake or pond.  Many people think they have to wait for the sun to come out in order to begin fishing but you really don’t have to!!
When you go, typically you want to make sure the ice is at least 4 inches. Still being this thick you want to take precaution. You want to make sure you dress warmly because obviously, it will be very cold. Gloves are highly recommended because it is not uncommon to get frostbite. This is also with warm waterproof boots. Making sure you have the right equipment is very important to make sure you have a successful trip and just make sure to have fun most of all!
Now the big question is, where at? Lakes and ponds are highly recommended instead of little rivers and things like that. Some areas are definitely better than others and if you are successful catching them when the lake is frozen then you know it should be plentiful when it isn’t. My boyfriend and his family are pretty big on it and honestly, it is so much fun when you get all the family together to do something out of the ordinary. Not many people are into this but it is definitely something I would recommend!

Winter Activities

Image result for columbus zoo lightsFamily activities can be fun and crazy at the same time. Finding things to do is probably the hardest thing for my family. This post is going to consist of different places that are outdoors that I would recommend. Now since the winter is approaching not very many people want to get out so hopefully some of these choices might change your mind.
The very first place which is my personal favorite is the zoo. The zoo in Powell Ohio lights it up in 1,000’s of lights. As you walk around you see all the different kinds of animals that are still out and also get to look at Christmas lights. This is such a fun family activity to go out and do. Growing up we went to the zoo for the lights at least once a year and I tell you, it is one I will never want to stop doing.
Ice skating is defiantly another one on my list. Now ice skating can be done either outdoors or in some cases, some places have it indoors such as ” The Chiller”.  The best thing I can tell you to do is practice makes perfect and even if you struggle just keep trying again!
The last one I will be talking about is snow-tubing! Snow tubing is so much fun and definitely a place to make memories. The best place in Ohio is Mad River Mountain. Its located in Zanesfield Ohio and is just so much fun! I truly think these are great and fun outdoor activities for all ages!

Hunting season

Image result for hunting deer in forestNow as we all know deer hunting season has just started. Deer archery started September 30th and will continue until February of 2018. And then deer gun will start November 27th. Now my family was never really big on hunting but in about 2015 we started showing a real strong interest.
My dad faced a lot of health issues and we just never know what tomorrow holds. In 2015 my dad went in for a check-up because he would be getting a kidney transplant here shortly. During his check-up, the doctors discovered his heart problem. He would need surgery quickly. Thankfully he made it through his surgery. The recovery was probably the hardest thing for him to get through.
During this hardship and point in his life, he realized his time was short and we should spend it doing the things we love with the people with love. Growing up he always wanted to go hunting but he would just always put it off and never go. He finally went out and bought himself and us kids bows to go hunting together.
Now of course when you go hunting the most important thing is the location. Some of our personal favorites are Dillon state park and hocking hills. We love spending time out in the forest and finding deer. Although you have to be very quiet when you go out it’s all worth it. Like waking up early just to get the best spot. Anyone that knows me knows I am nowhere near a morning person but when it comes to hunting I am ready to go!

Your Next Family Activity

img_0319What kind of family activities do you and your family plan? Whether it was when you were younger or even now.  As we all continue to get older we begin to fall away from spending time with our families. Many of us are old enough to have a job by now and this definitely a hindrance for me. Working is defiantly a great thing because it teaches you responsibility and it prepares you for the real world.

Now I work 4 days a week and 2 days out of the week that I have off I go to church with my family. Then the one day I have off I try to plan my days to spend time with my family. Whether this is going out for dinner or going out and doing something. Our favorite activity to do together especially during summer is going kayaking or canoeing. Now for those of you, that know, canoeing is a lot easier than kayaking depending on who you are and the type of kayak you have.

When you have a kayak it’s pretty much a smaller version of a canoe and you paddle yourself. When you go canoeing, it’s 2 of you paddling which can be difficult if you and your partner don’t work together. Whether you’re out by yourself or with your family it’s just so calming and peaceful to be surrounded by water. If you go with your family and friends it just makes the journey much better and a lot more fun! So if your friends or parents ask what y’all should go out and do I gladly recommend mentioning going kayaking or canoeing.

Little Fishergirl

cropped-fullsizerender-e15059222844921.jpgRemember running to go get your tackle box and fishing pole with your dad? I do. I remember him asking if we wanted to sleep in or go out and catch some fish. Now everyone always says girls are supposed to love makeup and go out with friends and wear high heels and so on and so on. That’s not always the case. Just because men go fishing, it doesn’t mean women can’t do the same exact thing!
There were 7 of us kids and being the 6th I always wanted to do what the older kids were doing. My brothers and older sister always got to go with my dad and me and my younger siblings had to stay back because we were “too young”. That never stopped us though. My mom would take us in the backyard with our baby poles and the baby pool and pretend like we were fishing. Who doesn’t love a mom like that!
When we turned 12 my dad decided we were old enough to start going out with them. Getting to put the worms on the hook was the most fun for me. After sitting there for over an hour I just wanted to give up. In my backyard, the fake fish would already be caught by now. Finally, I would catch my first baby catfish.
Fishing is such a good family experience and whether you catch a fish or not, it’s that bonding time you have. Just sitting by the water hearing the fish flop around is just another memory that takes me back to my childhood.

What’s good for the soul?

horseWhat’s your home away from home? Now many of you might say you don’t have one but in reality, we all do. At the home you live in you are comfortable and it means more to you than some random person walking down the street. Now when I think of my home away from home, I think of myself going horseback riding.
Horses are some of the most beautiful kinds of creatures God ever created. Although many people are frightened by the size of them, Don’t be! Horses are some of the kindest and gentleness animals you will ever come in contact with. Horses are just like people. All they want is love and care.
As you saddle up on your horse and ride around it feels as if it’s just you, nature and your horse. All you do is ride and think about life. Personally for myself, so much runs through my mind. Horseback riding is also another way for me to de-stress. When I have a lot going through my mind the first thing I wanna do is get it off and forget all about it. Horseback riding does that for me.
Nowadays many people help try and find solutions to unhappiness. Although people try to come up with what they think will work, you have to find that out yourself. Horseback is just so therapeutic and is very beneficial for people of all ages. So if you have never gone horseback riding, I highly recommend it! Maybe this will become your home away from home because everyone needs one.