Just a little warning … this blog post is photo heavy. As in, I took 223 photos total during our little family walk today. But I spared you most of the odd ones and narrowed it down to 14 of my favorites which was an almost impossible task. I’m a snap happy person and love to capture everything I can with the camera.
Over the past few months fitness has become very important to not only myself and my husband but for our family as a whole. They also say, lead by example and that’s exactly what we’re trying to do. After having lost 20lbs myself and my husband over 40lbs, together we’re getting fat out of our lives by hitting the pavement. We walk, a lot. Most of the time it’s in our neighborhood but today we wanted the kids to have some fun exploring so we took them on the Chatham bike trail.
This 5 mile paved trail runs from Springfield, IL to Chatham, IL and is most often used for avid bicyclists but we’ve found it’s an amazing scenic walk that combines everything I love about Illinois living into one little stretch of pavement.
The trail starts at a little parking lot between the railroad tracks and a cornfield, something you just can’t avoid seeing living around here. And you know what, I don’t mind. I use to think I lived in the flattest, most boring part of country but truthfully, I love greenery, openness and all around serenity you’ll find here. What can I say, I’m small town.
Knowing the little legs of Miss Emma and Kaydee-did would wear out pretty quickly we kept our walking limited to a mile or so from the lot to the bridge and a mile back. Little did I know, most of them puttered out before even finishing the first mile.
Even though we didn’t get to walk the full 3 miles we’d hoped for, we did get an hour of quality time together.
Being able to walk hand-in-hand with my husband as the kids explored the trail was amazing. Not having the distractions of daily life, cellphones AND being able to burn calories together …. well … it was nice to find something we can both be passionate about together.
Oh gosh and Miss Emma, she just cracks me up. Every few minutes we’d be walking along and look back to see her plopped on the ground digging in the rocks, sticks, weeds, whatever she could find.
It never took long for her to realize she was about to get left behind.
The fun of taking a walk outside of our usual places is being able to discover so much beauty like this cluster of wild flowers. I don’t know what they’re called but the rainbow of colors on each bloom … just wow!
And, and, and (yes, I’m excited) I found my FAVORITE tree out there! I remember as a kid during one of our school projects one of the leaves we were suppose to find was a sassafras. Well, it was impossible, I couldn’t find one anywhere but today, I did! I always look at these and think of a little alien foot print.
And my little adventurer, Emma, she found a fallen log to walk across. I’m starting to wonder if maybe I should enroll her in gymnastics.
One mile later we made our way to the bridge that overlooks lake Springfield. It’s a lake that we live next to, drive by every single day yet we never really appreciate it. I don’t know why. But it really is something to just stop and take in.
And Miss Kaydee, God love this girl she managed to find a gigantic weed (like 5 times the size of dandelion seeds) and proceeded to blow it all over the place. Thank goodness she doesn’t have the same terrible outdoor allergies that daddy deals with all year long.
Halfway back down the trail and Emma just tuckered out. She picked a spot, plopped down and refused to go any further. Have I ever mentioned she’s a stubborn child?
Fortunately she’s also adorable and sweet so I willingly scooped her up for a piggy back ride. Then hubs took over and carried her the rest of the way.
The day really couldn’t have been anymore perfect!