Each year, my husband and I sit down to make a focus for the year. Last year, it was home and health. The year before, it was travel. This year, it’s PLAY. We both decided we need more play and exploration in our life, but also we wanted to avoid the trap of wishing our lives away waiting for a big vacation, or for warm weather, or whatever, as we have been known to do in the past.
So, we’ve been scheduling in time to play and explore in simple, more local ways and it’s been a lot of fun.
Yesterday, we made a trip to Raven’s Run Nature Preserve in Lexington, Kentucky. This beautiful place has various trails that range from paved and easy to manage to more strenuous, but with amazing views. We chose the main trail that loops around to an overlook with views of the Kentucky River.
To my surprise, we didn’t get the overlook to ourselves. There were several people and many children there, so we checked out the view and continued on. At this time of year, you may spy some early Columbine leaves popping through the leaf debris, but the star of the show is the thick, brilliant green mosses that grow on every available stone, including the old dry-laid stone wall that meanders along the trail.
If you’d prefer to see flowers, definitely visit in mid-spring when view from the yellow trail is in full splendor. It’s a more strenuous trail, but worth it. Do be aware that many areas of the trails get muddy after rains, so proper foot attire is necessary. I’m currently bearing a large bruise on my thigh from a fall that had my daughter and me in tears from laughing so hard!
Not interested in a hike? You can also walk through the meadows and check out the old Parker house. Maps are available at the trail head behind the Nature Center so you can easily plan your visit for what best suits you.
A Musing Mother
Hi! My name is Theresa and I'm a wife, mom of three, and grandma to two. I am a Nature lover and a follower of Christ. I live in an old farmhouse on the river where I homeschool our daughter. Most days, I can be found reading, making nature-inspired products, & gardening. I also enjoy traveling with my family, exploring cool local places, and helping out others where I am able. On the blog, I must about life, love, and learning.