Since next month’s adventure is going to be the biggest trip we’ve taken so far this year, we decided to stay local this month. So a couple days ago we took advantage of the 80°F weather by exploring a nearby state park we hadn’t been to yet! Every time I think we’ve found every unique space there is to explore around here, we stumble across yet another one; even with all the trees bare and grass completely lifeless, I fell completely in love with this park!
▲ I’m a sucker for picnics (actually, Brandon proposed to me while out for a dessert picnic), so when we found this swing for two early in our hike, we had no choice but to stop for an early lunch!
▲ These are possibly the scariest looking trees I’ve ever seen. Apparently they’re called Honey Locust Thorn trees, but I’ve decided that anything which could have came from Maleficent’s thorn wall, should not have the word “honey” associated with it.
▲ There’s a huge mound at the dam between Lake Macbride and Coralville Lake which offered some really great views. I’d love to go back and watch the sunset from this spot!
▲ We hopscotched our way across the dam’s rocks to access several more miles of trail on the other side. Ice debris was floating in the water, so it was definitely cold to wade through at spots but we were so happy to be spending an entire day outside without wearing a million layers!
▲ A woodpecker was zooming from tree to tree along our hiking trail, checking all these little holes he’d created in the trees. We also spotted twelve bald eagles and we’re pretty sure there were another dozen further up stream but they were too far away to be certain. They were everywhere!
I can hardly wait to return again in a couple months after the woods have come back to life and the water has warmed up enough for me to take my kayak out on the lake!
PS. I’m sporting the tiny bow knotted headband in dandelion – find ’em in the shop HERE!
Learn more about the Lake Macbride State Park HERE.
This is post 3 of 12 in the #12tripsin12months series. You can read all the posts in this series by clicking HERE. Look for post 4 in late April!