all good things are wild & free

Sunday morning, Josh and I both woke up extra early for no reason. We ate some leftover pizza for breakfast (even more delicious the next morning, if possible) and watched a few of Sunday’s CF regionals events.

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With the whole day ahead of us and nothing planned, we decided to head over to McCormick’s Creek State Park. I’ve never been (that I remember…my mom said they used to take us when we were kids) and neither had Josh. We packed up a cooler of water, ham, cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers and headed over. If you have never been to McCormick’s Creek, I highly recommend you make a trip over. It took us about an hour and twenty minutes to get to- it’s just past Bloomington, in between Ellettsville and Spencer. Definitely worth the drive. The park was very clean and well kept. We parked next to Canyon Inn and made our way onto Trail 3. The trail takes you along McCormick’s Creek, it’s canyon, and ends at the Falls. One of the first things we saw on our hike was a black rat snake! It was right on the side of the trail just slithering away.

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We passed only a few people on the hike. It was so peaceful and quiet. You could hear birds chirping and the sound of the breeze rustling through the leaves. There really are no words to describe the beauty God surrounds us with. The trail was neat because once you get to the canyon, you walk along the riverbed over rocks and through the creek water until you get to the Falls.

We enjoyed the Falls for a bit, then grabbed our cooler and went to eat lunch at the Old Concession Shelter. It was nice to enjoy time together alone, just the sound of the birds and the breeze and no distractions. After lunch, we drove up to the Wolf Cave Parking Area and started our hike on Trail 5. This trail begins in Wolf Cave Nature Preserve, leading you through the forest to Wolf Cave and Twin Bridges. Within the first few minutes on the hike, we walked right up on a box turtle! I’ve been on so many hikes before, but this trip was the best because we saw a snake and a turtle. I loved it!

There were signs around Wolf Cave stating you were welcome to crawl through, but to avoid climbing on the sides or on top of the cave. We ventured into the opening, but realized we weren’t prepared to make our way through the cave. We continued along the trail around to the back side of the cave where we came upon Twin Bridges. Twin Bridges are a pair of stone arches, all that remains from a cave that has collapsed from erosion.

After all the hiking, we were beginning to get hungry again. We decided to head over to Bloomington and stop to eat at The Trojan Horse. We debated on whether to order an appetizer, but came up with a great plan to get ice cream for dessert instead! We both ordered the gyro and it was very yummy. I love me some pita bread and Tzatziki sauce.

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We headed over to Bruster’s for ice cream after lunch. I ordered Wedding Cake (an almond cake batter ice cream with a black raspberry swirl) in a waffle cone and Josh got Chocolate Raspberry Truffle (a chocolate ice cream with raspberry crinkle and chocolate flakes) in a waffle cone. It was a lovely way to end our trip.

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Rocko and I headed to my parents for a few hours to enjoy the pool when we got back, while Josh stayed home to relax. The pool water was perfect for cooling off from the hike. It was nice to chat with my parents, while Derrick was splashing around and pestering my mom, jumping up on her tube and yelling “Hiiiiiii, Mom!” He’s a trip for sure. He definitely keeps us all entertained.      

To cap off our ultimate Sunday, Josh and I ate the rest of our pizza for supper (seriously, it’s soooo dang good) while finishing up the final Regionals events. And I might have talked him into making another chocolate chip skillet cookie while I ran to the store for some ice cream. Cheers to an amazing weekend!!!

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