Friday, October 30, 2015

The Mini Adventure

This fall I have been working on recovering from the toll that the summer took on me. I have had to spend a lot of time resting, and I have been more homebound than was previously typical for me. Two weeks ago I was itching to get out of the house, but was so tired that I wasn't sure how it could happen. We decided that I should have IV fluids, get some extra rest, and then do what it took to get outside. The IV infusion was just the boost I needed to be able to get out of the house for a day.

The outing was absolutely wonderful. I got to see outside, take pictures through the van windows, see a national monument, and spend the night in a hotel. It was a delightful escape! I had to spend time recovering after we got back home, but it was so worth it.

As we started our drive, William and Adelaide said, "It's The Great Adventure!" I laughed and said, "Oh no! This is The Mini Adventure."

We went to Pipestone National Monument, and it was beautiful! The fall colors were stunning and the air was nice and chilly. My parents have taken William and Adelaide there before, but this was the first time I was able to go and ride on the trail. We skipped the museum because I have seen that before, and I wanted to put my energy toward being outside.

The trip was so fun that I wanted to share it with all of you. Some of you may have already seen a few photos from our trip on Instagram. Here are a few more. I hope you enjoy them!

I had fun watching Will, William, and Adelaide hike to the top of the waterfall.

I sat at the bottom of the falls and waved.

William and Adelaide had fun hiking, and I had so much fun being with them!

While we were at Pipestone National Monument we picked up a 4th Grade Pass for William. Did you know that every 4th grader in the United States can get a free pass for the family for all national parks? It's a great deal! You can learn more at Every Kid in a Park.

I know that many of my readers are disabled, so I also want to share about the Access Pass with you. I wish someone had told me about this 10 years ago! If you are a U.S. citizen and have a significant and permanent disability, you can get a free Access Pass to all national parks. The pass will give you entrance to any national park or federal recreation land, and you can also bring up to 3 other adults in for free with you. Children under 16 are always free. You can learn more about the Access Pass here.

After seeing Pipestone National Monument, we went to a hotel, which was a treat because it let me see 4 different walls. :) I also got to watch the sunset from our hotel room.

What a wonderful trip it was! Thanks for letting me share it with you. If you want to see more pictures from our drive that weekend, you can find them on Instagram.

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