I love my kids. More than anything, in fact. But sometimes you just need a little break.
We found this great little cabin in Hocking Hills, Ash Ridge Cabins in Laurelville, OH. Three cabins, all set about 500 feet away from one another, which offers great privacy. We stayed in the Lover’s Loft cabin, which they happened to have available for one night — perfect for us.
After checking in and unloading our gear, we headed to The Rock House to check out an awesome rock formation. We also got some great photos of George and me inside.
Then we went to Conkle’s Hollow and hiked a 2.5 mile trail around the rim of the gorge; very rugged, difficult terrain, only for the experienced hiker. One misstep and you fall 200+ feet to a certain and painful death.
Unfortunately, I forgot my sport sandals at home, so ended up wearing a cheap pair… and I sustained an injury.
Thoroughly tired out from our hike, we headed back to the cabin to eat dinner and have a few drinks. Then, the lovely hot tub on the back porch was perfect for our sore legs.
We had a relatively decent night’s sleep — some joker decided it would be funny to set the alarm in the upstairs bedroom to go off at 1AM, which was decidedly unfunny. So much for sleeping well.
We were up early this morning, and I spent some time with this.
George was right there with me.
Coffee in hand, he pointed out a pileated woodpecker that was probably 16″ in length! Nuthatches, goldfinches and Carolina sparrows were also sighted. We also saw about 10 deer, and an opossum that came to investigate the bird feeder last night.
All in all, it was a nice, relaxing weekend. We spent the entire trip talking about how much the children would love this place, the hiking and the rocks. We’ll be bringing them back this summer.