First and foremost, I'd like to know how we made it in Ohio this long without ever visiting Hocking Hills. We went camping for part of our vacation and decided to venture here on the raving recommendation of next door neighbors. I'd heard a few things about Hocking Hills here and there- but nothing that prepared us for our trip. This place is AMAZING. Like- ranks right up there with lots of the sites in Utah and Yellowstone- amazing. And we didn't even get to go on some of the bigger hikes! The views and the hikes and the caves and everything else we saw were stunning. It didn't hurt that it was pretty empty and transitioning into fall!
We'd had a lot of rain the days leading up to our trip and it made the colors so vibrant. I feel like the green was fluorescent! Our first day was picture perfect weather (therefore I took almost 500). Sun shining- no rain- and just a few clouds.
Our first stop was at Ash Cave. It is labeled as the most majestic of all the sites in the park. My pictures don't do it any justice. It was just too big to try and capture all at once.
Our little rugrats were really impressive the whole trip. Not until the very last hike on the last day did they start complaining about their legs being tired. They did a lot of running and stair climbing! and we were all pretty dirty when all was said and done.
I was also impressed with how brave the kiddos were. At one point I had all three boys (kent, zeb, and Ike) trying to climb up separate cliff walls. It got a little treacherous.
Honestly- this place was so much fun. I still can't believe we hadn't been. It would have been worth the drive from toledo for sure! It's only about two hours from us here in Dayton- and would have been three from Toledo.
The only way to get the boys to smile here was to tickle them like crazy. At least they aren't fake smiles!
After the Ash Cave we decided to head to Cedar falls. We saw a gazillion mushrroms and both Zeb and I were obsessed! Mushrooms remind me of Russia- and Zeb of mario-kart.
Look at this one! Red with white spots!!
But these two really are best friends and even though having them close in age can be horrific sometimes- it sure is wonderful that they have each other.