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Family Fun at Raystown Lake

I’ve been a little MIA this week and have done nothing really creative or even domestic. Actually, I didn’t even touch a single computer or phone the entire time–and it felt quite good!

We took a mini family vacation for 4 days out to Raystown Lake, which is about 3 hours from where we live. If you’ve never heard of it, the lake is one of the largest man-made lakes in the eastern United States. In fact, at 8,300 surface acres, it’s pretty huge. Surrounded by even more acres of woodland scenery, it’s a beautiful destination for anyone looking to kick back and relax for a few days. Even though we’ve lived in PA our whole lives, not one of us had actually been there to visit. Here’s some pics that I took from our stay:

A majority of our meals were eaten outside at this picnic table, which sat near the cottage my parents rented. We also had a campsite rented nearby where my husband, myself, and a couple of our kids slept.
Our first day there was Father’s Day and also my son Daniel’s 11th birthday. His big birthday wish was to get a pair of binoculars. They got lots of use during the week and rarely left his neck!
That is, except when his double trouble little brothers “borrowed” them to look for chipmunks.
We did take a boat ride around part of the Lake.
Me snuggling up with one of my little guys on the boat deck. He promptly fell asleep on me 10 minutes into the trip and slept the entire ride.
One of the highlights for our family was visiting nearby Trough Creek State Park. It is an absolutely gorgeous place to sightsee and hike.
We crossed this very cool suspension bridge. You feel as if you’re still swaying for awhile once you get on solid land.
The beautiful Rainbow Falls.
At the top of our hike at Trough Creek was this Balanced Rock, a huge boulder that sits on the edge of a cliff. It looks as if it could be pushed off, so my gang tried to push it with all their might…
After his siblings abandoned the effort, Andrew pushed and pushed…
Then my husband got in on the action…
Nope. No luck. This rock will just have to sit there for the next ?? years.
This is one of my favorite pics from our trip! My crew after a hike to the top of another set of cliffs, looking out over the lake.
The fire ring outside of our cottage got lots of use!
This mama duck and her babies were too sweet.
My 9 year old budding scientist insisted on taking a picture of these mushrooms. In his words, there was lots of “interesting fungus” around there. Hey, fungus can be beautiful too, right?
My little Miss, watching something from the deck of the cottage. What is she looking at…?
Oh, that’s what she’s looking at. My husband and older boys carrying the tent down the road to a sunnier spot to dry out before packing. That’s a very manly solution for you!

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