Labor Day Family Hike

September 5, 2012

Our family spent a most enjoyable Labor Day at Roaring River State Park. As we drove into the park, we saw a very shallow murky pond near the road. Wesley, who is always making funny comments about things, said the park should be re-named “Stagnant Swamp State Park”.                                        That guy makes me laugh. :)

A (very) old life preserver. I doubt it would do a good job preserving lives in its condition… :) But I thought it would make a good subject for a black and white photo.


We walked around the park and visited the hatchery there.

This was interesting  – a fish tank with a whirlpool effect.

Austin and Jonathan found an excellent climbing tree:

Just look at those guys! When it comes to climbing trees, I’m convinced that my brothers are half monkey! (OK, not really) :)

WC and I. <3

After walking around a bit, we found a shady spot and stopped to picnic near the water. We had such a lovely picnic, enjoying each other’s company. After lunch, some of us waded in a river, and Jonathan found a snake on a log near the water’s edge. Here’s a picture of it:

Yikes! I’m glad Jonathan decided to look carefully before climbing that tree! We thought it looked like a copperhead, but weren’t quite sure. So yes, between this post and the last, you can see that we do have quite a few snakes and spiders down here in Missouri. :)

It was quite a relaxing day trip. We ended our day at home with popcorn and a movie .

I hope you all had a great Labor Day as well!
Happy Wednesday! :)


  • Becca

    September 5, 2012

    Wow! What a fun and lovely time! It’s been ages since I’ve been to Roaring River, but I remember how nice it was. Even the picutres look refreshing! :) Excellent photography! :)


  • Kaitlyn

    September 7, 2012

    Wow, that looked like alot of fun, Brooke! :) If we had those kinds of trees in our yard, we would have soooo many tree forts out there and we would never be able to find my little brothers again! :) And that was a BIG snake! Did anyone try to catch it? :)

  • Hannah

    September 7, 2012

    Sweet post, Brookie! It was so fun to read. I just LOVE your writing style! :) That photo of you and Wesley is SO nice! Again, it’s fun to see you without braces. :) ( I know, I know, it’s been a while since you got them off!) Thanks for posting and have a beautifully blessed day, my friend! :)

  • Anna

    September 8, 2012

    It looks like you had a wonderful time, Brooke! How fun :) I love all of your pictures! They are wonderful :)
    Love you and miss you!

  • Brooke Noble

    September 8, 2012

    Hi girls!
    Thank you so much for your lovely comments!

    That’s neat that you have been to Roaring River, Becca! :) It IS beautiful!

    We didn’t try to catch the snake, Kaitlyn. I don’t think anyone was in the mood to disturb it…but it was fun to observe from a distance! :)

    Hannah, in that picture, Wesley and I were actually sitting on the hood of our car. It’s funny how nicely impromptu pictures sometimes turn out, isn’t it!?! Sweet memories. :)

    Thanks so much, Anna. :) I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures!

    You girls are all so sweet. Thanks for stopping by!

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