We didn’t do anything fabulous for Spring Break like go to the beach or the mountains or anything like that. What we did do, was spend a lot of time outdoors. We headed to Birmingham to spend a few days at my parents house. One of our family’s favorite things to do together is to go geocaching. I’ve written about geocaching a few times here so I won’t go into that again. But, if you don’t know what it is, please check it out! It is a wonderful way to spend time with your family – outside in the beautiful world God has given us.
I was really worried that our geocaching days were going to be ruined by the weather. We’ve had some freaky cold weather here recently. Cold weather kind of puts a damper on the fun of geocaching. I’m not saying that we don’t go if it’s cold outside – we do, just not for as long, and it is a day usually accompanied by more complaints than normal. But, the weather cleared up and cooperated for a great couple of days of caching.
My dad (mickupi) placed a bunch of new geocaches so of course we had to go look for some of them. We started out on Tuesday afternoon after we went to the $1 movie. We found one near the library called Over by the library, BYOW. This one, like a lot of others my Dad has placed is genius. He is known for hiding caches in unexpected ways, you really need to have your thinking cap on when searching for one of his. This one in particular is great, one of my favorites. Two more are also sneaky caches, My Exit 13 North on Ramp and Stopover at Bumpus. If you’re in the Birmingham area, stop and find these!
The next day we went out again with Moss Rock Preserve as our ultimate destination. We had to find a few on the way there though! We stopped at a couple of Dad’s older caches for him to do some maintenance. One of these is Lover’s Leap. This is a really cool place in Bluff Park up on top of Shades Mountain. Click here if you want to find out more about it, or better yet – stop by and see it for yourself! Here is The Fam pictured at Lovers Leap.
This is a picture of the Historical Marker at Lovers Leap.
Finally, after Caeden had asked a million times if we were going to the Preserve next, we were there. We found a couple of caches in the town center. Not really much of a town, just a few shops and restaurants, but still lovely! Then we started hiking into the Preserve. We hiked up and down hills, valleys and mountains. We crossed the creek a few times, admired the waterfalls, got slapped by tree branches and snagged by briars. We climbed on top of huge boulders, dug under others and circled several looking for caches. I don’t know how far we hiked that day, but it felt like thirty miles!! This is a beautiful nature preserve with lots of trails and fun to offer. You should visit if you are in the area.