Sunday, April 15, 2012

Picnic in the Pocket

It's been such a beautiful weekend! I can't stand to be indoors on pretty days. We decided to make a trip to the Pocket Recreation Area (near Villanow, GA). This little place is often overlooked, but it is a wonderful place to take your family for a camp out, or just for  day. I'm a firm believer in bringing kids up with a love and respect for nature. Too many kids today are couch potatoes. They've never been hiking through the woods. They've never played in a creek. That, my friends, is a crying shame. If you want to see your kid light up with a smile, take them to your nearest state park or recreation area. Explore. My family is lucky enough to live out in the country. Still, it's good to get out and explore new places. It's good to get away from it all as a family and just... be.
 What kid wouldn't love to splash in this creek?  This place is really clean..and peaceful. Although, in the summer, I would recommend coming on a weekday if you want to avoid larger crowds. There were kids playing here and there, families grilling and just hanging out.
 This is a waterfall on the John's Creek trail. Not too hard of a hike..but we did encounter one water snake and quite a bit of poison oak......Still, there was no one there but us.
 We saw this turkey near Lake Marvin. Actually, there were two, but one was camera shy.
The best thing about this place is that, for a day visit, it is FREE! (Camping is a whopping $10 a night.) If you want to spend some valuable time with your kids or grand kids, visit this place, or a place like it. Watch them play. Watch them laugh. Teach them about taking care of nature. I guarantee you that you will get as much out of it as they do. And they will carry the memories forever.
Peace. :)

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