By: Jennifer Murray

These Are The Adventures Boys Are Made Of…

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We took the boys for their first adventure to Turkey Run State Park. (Our old stomping grounds from our high school sweetheart days.)  I LOVE this park and being surrounded by God’s incredible creation, and couldn’t wait to share it with my boys.

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Our day started with a picnic lunch on a picnic table large enough for the Duggar family.  From there we checked out the Nature Center’s snakes, turtles, honeybees, and the wildlife viewing area where we could watch squirrels, chipmunks, and birds eating and interacting. You would have thought we had taken the boys to the San Diego Zoo.  They were so fascinated and excited.

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Next, we followed a trail into a canyon and climbed some rocks. Total Big Boy Stuff.

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Followed by some rock throwing, splashing, and wading in Sugar Creek.

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My Little Swamp Monsters… (Left to Right: Henry, Clark, Brooks, and Isaac)

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They soaked it up… literally. And so did I.

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Before we left the park, we checked out the stables and were able to pet a few of the gorgeous horses.

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Such gentle and amazing animals!  Maybe next time we’ll be able to take a ride. 

Summer is just around the corner, and hopefully it holds a few more incredible adventures and memories as sweet as this one.

I’m curious, what’s YOUR favorite State Park or place to experience nature?

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8 Responses to “These Are The Adventures Boys Are Made Of…”

  1. Heidi H.
    May 23, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    Our family loves Turkey Run as well. We’ve had fun at McCormick’s Creek SP, and you can’t beat Brown County SP in the fall. 🙂

  2. Ordinary Sarah
    May 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    We love Turkey Run, too. The fun we had in their nature center is part of what helped us decide to home school.

    We also love Clifty Falls and Brown County. I think you may have just inspired a little trip for the weekend!

  3. Allyson
    May 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    We LOVE turkey run but have yet to do it with Sophia! Maybe this summer!! Hope prego mama can keep up!

  4. Lana
    May 23, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    Turkey Run has always been a family favorite! Isn’t Trail 3 the “water” trail? I can’t remember which one has all the ladders and steps, but we really need to take the girls down there this summer for their first bit of hiking!

  5. Cathy Willman
    May 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    We have yet to go to Turkey Run…but we’ve gone camping at Lake Patoka a couple times, and my boys love it, and surprisingly they don’t go dashing off any cliffs. Our big summer plans include my elder son’s abdominal surgery (we’re actually at Riley getting bowels prepped as I type) so when we can’t escape far, I just hit the White River State Gardens by the zoo downtown to enjoy nature. Both my boys love to run wild there, literally tiptoeing through the tulips. And I go gaga for the flowers.

  6. Barbara Manatee
    May 23, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    looks like a great place!! What a great experience for the boys and one last ‘hurrah’ before your surgery.

  7. Barb Moffett
    May 24, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    Hey Jen Always enjoy the pics of your boys. We too love Turkey Run and had some “memorable” canoeing trips with our kids. Jim’s grandfather Bronson Roach built the swinging bridge at Turkey Run.

  8. Courtney
    May 24, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    Looks like a fun time! Our family loves the outdoors too. Unfortunately our camper got smashed by a tree 2 years ago.

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