The next morning we were blessed with clear skies and the offending and now gone rain had dropped the temperature a good 15 degrees. We were super happy about that and after a breakfast of pancakes and bacon headed off on a hike down into a river bed. The hike was gorgeous. Green was everywhere, and just some gorgeous rock and water formations. We'd gotten down into a small stream bed where Cheetah was busy sitting in all the little bits of water she could find when Peach said, "Hey look, I found a fossil." Sure enough she had. After that the kids spend at least an hour searching for more, comparing finds, and looking for better ones. We then headed off to the main river where the entire family got into the water and enjoyed some of the smaller falls. When we finally decided to call it a day we were soaked, tired, and carrying some of our best finds back out of the river bed. The kids were awesome little hikers even Cheetah who hiked almost the entire way out on her own two little shortie legs. We then went to the visitors center where we got to do some bird watching look at some of the better fossil finds in the park and where Peach removed the head off a taxidermy turkey. Good times. For dinner the kids helped us get a fire started and then joined a game of capture the flag with some other kids in the campgrounds. After it got dark and all the parents had pulled out lanterns we made s'mores and the kids rejoined the game for some night play. By the time we finally got everyone in bed it was after eleven and they were beat.
Our finally morning we spent cleaning up camp while the kids played with their new friends. We then headed in to the town of Madison Indiana which I kid you not is the cutest thing I have ever seen. It is a relatively small town now but it must have been bustling at some point because there are over 100 blocks named in the historical district. We are talking about homes over 100 years old, well kept, and adorable, so much so that the downtown was made into a National Historic Landmark. There is lots of shopping and seriously one of the longest old time main streets I've ever seen. You are also right on the Ohio and they have speed boat races their. It is the kind of places I would love to live, except of course it happens to be in the swatch where in 1974, a super tornado outbreak happened. Man I hate tornadoes. We had been planning on just picking up McDonalds on the way out of town (yuck right, but the kids love that place and it would be easy) but instead decided to eat at this cute little cafe right on the main street. They had these giant cookies that the kids loved and some seriously delicious tomato soup. When we finally headed for home everyone was happy and well fed.
Seriously these little streams were so beautiful. Anyone else like looking at rocks and imagining how they formed. Nerd alert I know but Dr. J and I were in nerd heaven.
Cheetah loves water. Oh water bottles. I'm so sick of carrying them. I think it is time to get the kids their own camel packs.
Here let me just sit down in this puddle.
Peach finds a fossil. After that the whole family got to work looking for them.
At this point Cheetah was basically swimming.
The funniest thing about all our state parks, I swear they are all right by power plants.
All my kids are pyros.
The town is right on the Ohio river and they've lined the river with a long park full of benches and swings where people can watch the river or watch the speed boat racing.
Dad and Cheetah on one side. Everyone else on the other.