Sunday, June 28, 2015

Micro-Adventure: Osage Nature Trail

We recently read a great article that our friend posted about "Microadventures". The article is here, and it inspired us to search out our own adventures!   The gist of it is that it doesn't take a lot of money or time, or a big fancy vacation to "get away" and explore or do something new to rejuvenate your body and soul.  

We decided our first one would be the Osage Nature Trail, about 40 miles away, near Newton, KS.

This moth loved my cup, but who doesn't love a Tervis? =)

Such a cool close up!   (It's curled up "tongue" stretched way up over it's head, higher than it's antennae!)

Ready to start our adventure!

Yes, you know me - I still have a thing for insects on flowers =)

Just us girls

Keenan with a Huge puff!

It was a gorgeous trail!

These four people on horse back were the Only other people we saw out there!

The bridge had been washed out on one of the trails, so it truly was an "adventure" crossing the stream...

We all made it safely (and dry!) across

This is where the bridge was supposed to be...

... 75 feet down stream is where it actually was (that must have been some flood!)

Pretty 

I love these people

This butterfly had Beautiful purple wings, but they only showed when it was in flight!

Family picture on a bridge (this one stayed put where it was supposed to be)

Lucky Caleb got a ride =)

Keenan pointing to the height that we found flood debris in trees - crazy!!

I love this one of the kids and I (on a random old bench)

Pretty monarch

After our hike, we headed to a nearby park for lunch near a pretty lake

... then we set out to find a geocache (the last of 81 different terrain/difficulty combinations that Philip needed to find.  This one was a 4.5/4)

No bridge over the stream made the 4.5 terrain seem legit
(The rest of us opted to stay on this side and watch him find it from there)

He crossed pretty well on rocks, with this stick to balance!

Thank goodness the cache, buried in these rocks, was wrapped in pink duct tape!

Coming back across, in a different spot...

...the log he stepped on disintegrated under his foot =)

We had a great time and are already planning another microadventure for next weekend!   You should try it, too!

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