Over the weekend, my wife and I took our son and dog to a nearby state park. The fall season is probably my favorite time to go the park. The temperatures are a bit cooler, the leaves are turning colors, and the park scenery is just something to behold. It seems like parks get overlooked a lot in this day and age. I’m not sure why, but when a lot of people think of things to do on the weekend, the thought of going to the park never enters their mind. I guess there are just so many other things to do that the park is almost an afterthought anymore.
My wife and I certainly enjoy going to the park, whether it’s a local park in town or a larger state park. For anyone looking to have a good time without spending much money, an afternoon at the park is the perfect solution.
Good Times For $5.00
The state park we went to costs $5 per carload to enter the park, which is not bad at all. We’ve been to this state park a fair number of times in the past. We’ve brought our bikes and went riding on the bike trails. We’ve borrowed the in-law’s camper and went camping on the weekend. We’ve brought our dog and went hiking on the trails. To my knowledge, this was our first time coming to this park with our little boy. We thought it would be a good opportunity to have a nice picnic lunch and walk one of the trails.
It was an absolutely perfect weekend for going to the park. The sun was shining, there was a slight breeze blowing, and the temperature was probably right around 70 degrees. We brought a picnic lunch from home and ate before heading out on the trail. Our little boy and dog thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Our little boy’s eyes and ears were just taking in all the different sights and sounds of the park, and our dog was absolutely loving all the different smells of nature. Apparently quite a few others had the same idea, because we saw a ton of other people walking their dogs as well.
It’s amazing how things go in cycles. And I’m not just talking about the seasons, either. I know when I was a kid I really liked going to the park. My family went to parks all the time. We didn’t have much money, and going to the park was a frugal way of enjoying the day. We went to local parks and fed stale bread to the ducks and geese. We went to state parks and spent the day walking trails. But as I got older and into my teenage years, I thought the park was boring (probably just like a lot of other teenagers). Suddenly this fun place had nothing to do. Fast forward to an adult, and it’s come full circle. My wife and I really enjoy going to the park.
It’s fun, it doesn’t cost hardly anything, and it creates good memories.