Saturday, June 23, 2012

Bluebird Travels: Fort Yargo State Park - Winder's Best Kept Secret


“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost

You know those days when you just want to escape the suburbs and you drive down the winding road with no specific course and you let God lead the way? Well, that's exactly what happened this past Father's Day. We had just finished watching a movie when our kids asked us that dreaded question... what are we doing next?? Honestly, I had no idea. I went into a panic mode. We are on a tight budget, and we have no friends or family close by that we can visit. Going to a restaurant or a paying attraction was out of the question. So what to do? Where to go??

On the spur of the moment I told my husband to just drive. Drive?? Drive where? He replied with an incredulous look on his face.

I don't know I told him. Just drive down the road and let's see where it takes us. And for the next 25 minutes that was exactly what we did. We drove without a fixed destination.

We passed one animal shelter, a regional airport field, one tractor supply company, 4 water towers, and a indoor airsoft battlefield before my apprehensive husband asked me how more driving was he supposed to do.

I told you, I don't know. We'll stop when it feels right. What's the worry? Is not like we can't use our GPS to find our way home.

One Shell station later we saw a sign that says “Fort Yargo State Park”. A state park? Here?? That would be a good place to stop don't you think? But it's getting late my husband replied. I don't think there's enough time to see it on it's entirely.

Who cares, I said. Is either stop here or keep driving. What do you want to do?

Needles to say, we turned our wheels toward the park entrance. Look, I said to my husband. The park closes at 10pm. We have plenty of time to explore it.

As we started driving inside the park you could hear the oohs and aahs from our kids. Look mommy, a log cabin. Honey, let's park here so the kids can see it and I can snap a picture or two.



Oh wow, is this place beautiful or what? It almost feels like a postcard. So serene and relaxing. I could get used to this. Next time our family comes to visit I am taking them here. They need to see this, I told my husband as I took pictures of the old settlers cabin. 

I wondered what else is on this park? Let's keep exploring. So far this place is pretty awesome. Look Audrey, it says we can fish here but we need fishing licenses. Maybe we could do that the next time we come to visit.


Time to go, come on kids. Let's see what's on the other side of the park. Look there's a tent & RV campsite, a group shelter, a nature center pavilion, a tent campsite, pet friendly cabins, and a gift shop. Who knew all this was here??
There's hike trails and bike trails too said my husband. Maybe we can bring our bikes next time. Yes, that would be so much fun.



Wait honey, slow down the car. Is that what I think it is??? Is that a beach?? Oh my dear lord we had just hit the jackpot. Are you serious?

You see kids, sometimes is better to be spontaneous and not freak out about where are we going or what are we going to do next.  Yes! exclaimed the kids as they eagerly click off their seat-belts to explore their surroundings.


Look mommy, there's a playground, free mini golf, canoe and pedal boat rental! This place is so cool!! Can we bring friends the next time we come? Please, please, please??


As we were walking down the beach we were shocked to see how beautiful everything looks. The sand was white and soft. Everything was clean and the bottom of the beach was just as soft as the sand you see around. Perfect! I said, no rocks to cut your feet and the water looks clear. What else could you ask for?



Mommy can we we play with the sand? Of course you can. Go ahead and have fun. Yayy!! said our kids as they run towards the beach.


 



As we contemplated how happy our kids seemed to be.  I said to my husband, seriously, we are so close from this place, yet it took us 3 years to discovered it. Amazing... 

You must write about it and tell people to come. 
 
Most definitely, I said. What a great way to end up a day. Father's Day is not about gifts, is about building memories and you know what the best part about memories? What? said my husband. 

The best part about memories is that no one can take them away...







Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...