Sunday, January 18, 2009
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Saturday, January 17, 2009
So on to Part 3 of our PA vacation....
The next day we decided to go back to Allegany State Park as there is just so much to see and do there....we went a different direction this time and drove through semi off-roads and finally wound up back on the main street through the park. We found a set of trails that were a bit hidden and decided to venture on them.
We looked at the map we had gotten at the entrance and saw that the trail led up to this other area we wanted to visit and thought 'hey! We can make it up there! Let's go!'.....so after we're walking about an hour or so (mind you, Caydan is running along with his little legs the whole time), we get to a point where we can compare landmarks to the map again and realize that we hadn't even gone a quarter of the way towards where we wanted to be!
So much for that idea...we turned back at that point and started walking back towards the car...to distract Caydan I sang just about every kids song I could think of and he walked alongside me singing along. The last 10 minutes or so of our walk though, his little legs couldn't go no more and Dada and I took turns carrying him. :)
Here's a shot of Caydan and his walking stick...he HAD to be like Dada and get a stick...why Dada needed one either I'm not sure...but they insisted. :)
This was a portion of the gorgeous trail that we walked on...the trees were all so beautiful and lush and it was just such a peaceful walk.
After our Allegany Park trip, we went back over to more family's house and hung out there for a bit....Emily and Caydan played with a doctor's set that they had there....the funny glasses seemed to be a big hit :)
The next day we wanted to get out and do something outdoors....so we followed my dad and everyone down to the local deer park where you can buy these "deer biscuits" and feed the deer through the cages. It's great fun for the little ones especially, and great photo ops for me. :)
his picture below is in my top 5 favorites from the whole trip! What a great moment. (That's my stepmother in the pic with Caydan.)
In addition to deer feeding, the location also had a rock/gem sifting activity. You go in the store on location and purchase a bag of "dirt" for about $10...you then go outside to their running water area and put your dirt in these sifters (like the kind you used to play with at the beach to find shells!) and you sift the sand out of (like panning for gold) until all you have left are all of these pretty little gems. A few big ones and tons of tiny ones.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Emily (right) and Katelyn (left) are cousins and very close in age...plus they're the only 2 girls of their generation in this side of the family, so they get along very well and often run off to play on their own leaving the boys to play on their own. Here they're playing like little girls do on the side of Aunt Kim's house...Caydan liked to follow them around and try and play where they did...I don't think he quite understood yet that girls and boys play different things...Mimi loves to get in on the action and play with all the little ones....I love this pic because it has her and all the next generation little ones in the same pic, with her in the midst of the fun. :)
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
My father, stepmother, and 2 sisters live in Coudersport, PA.
Dan's whole family, including his 6 year old daughter, live in Bradford and Smethport, PA as well as Limestone, NY.
We went to visit everyone for 2 weeks back in August 2008...it was a VERY busy 2 weeks and we crammed a lot into our trip. :)
Dan, Caydan, and I got to see all the kids that had been sprouting out since the last time we had been in town...Dan's sister Amy now has Katelyn, Kolin, and Kolton....and Dan's cousin Amanda has Zander and Zane (they like those matching name letter things!). Along with Caydan and Emily, we could have opened our own daycare at Gram's that day.
Here's a shot of the boys...you try getting 5 rambuctious boys to all sit still and look the same way at the same time.....not gonna happen. :)
This is the youngest of the clan: Kolton
The next day Dan, Caydan, and I made our way over to Alegany State Park in New York state which borders Bradford, PA. This place is beautiful with lots of trails, lakes, wildlife, and plants...we decided to just walk around and explore...we came across an interesting "putt putt golf" course....not what us Angelinos are used to seeing, that's for sure:We also went to a place called "Thunder Rocks" which has these gi-normous (sp?) boulders that you can climb on or walk around or just stare dumbounded at...again, another thing us Angelinos aren't used to...
We walked around some more and came across a beautiful lake where you can rent paddle boats in the summer...we had just missed them as they had closed for the year the weekend before we went.
And finally we found ourselves at a little playground where Caydan could run around, slide down slides, and climb trees with Dada. :)