Way back on St. Patty's Day (see... I told you I was ahead of myself on these pre-written posts!) Puff and I took advantage of the gorgeous 80 degree non-humid day and took the convertible to the mountains. Yes, I know that seems to be a running theme with us. But hey... we're trying to get as much use out of that thing as we can before we have to strap Bimmer to the hood!
For as often as we venture to this particular part of the state, we have never actually gone into Table Rock State Park. After some research, I found out it was a $2 entry fee and there were some hikes that seemed doable at less than 2 miles round-trip. Yes, even though I was 30 weeks pregnant at the time. I envisioned walking around the lake, taking some snapshots of the mountain itself (since we certainly weren't hiking all the way to the top of it), and doing the Carrick Creek Nature Trail.
We stopped at a few look-out spots and eventually made it to the trail head. We weren't on the path but a few minutes before we came to this waterfall. We snapped some photos and hiked a bit further up the trail for Puff to off-road it to get some close-up shots of the water. There were lots of people out, so we were taking our time and stepping to the side as much as possible. However, not long after that, the trail started to veer up-hill. There were steps and a metal slanted bridge. There were wet rocks to navigate. When we got to a trail split, we opted to go only a little farther, as there was a large hill looming ahead. Eventually, we got to the point where I would have had to cross a large creek balancing on wet, unstable rocks. So, we turned around. No use risking me breaking an ankle! It will ultimately be a very nice trip to take with the baby strapped to Puff's chest this fall!
The day wasn't all lost though. On the way back to the house, the sky overhead was amazingly perfect. Just another quiet reminder of why we love living in this state. And why I love being married to Puff. He's always got something up his sleeve!