Fireside Family Memories at Hocking Hills
Some of my best childhood memories are camping with my family. But over the years, as my brothers and I got older and busier we camped less as a family. So one of my goals while being home in Ohio this summer was to go camping somewhere in southern Ohio with my family.
After everyone was off work we all packed up the mini van and headed south to the Hocking Hills area. Hocking Hills is home to some beautiful waterfalls, massive caves, and great camping locations. Once we arrived we hiked to Old Man’s Cave and the Lower Falls. The depth and dimension was so stunning, I couldn’t believe I was still home in Ohio. The hike was only half a mile and there were hundreds of people crowding the area, so we decided to hike deeper into the woods. We crossed fallen trees and rock hopped across small creeks, eventually we came to a perfect swimming hole somewhere outside the the park. The cool water was just what we needed after our long hike in hot humid weather. After a few more jumps into the refreshing water we decided to head to our campsite.
We found a perfect spot on the Hocking River and set up camp. Once our tents were up and the fire was going steady we set up our hammocks and relaxed the rest of the evening. We put down our cellphones, sat around the fire as a family, and enjoyed one another’s company.
Early the next morning my brothers and I made some coffee then explored the foggy campground. As I walked through the dewy grass together I realized that like my childhood camping memories, these too I will not soon forget.
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