Charming Towns

Carla from American Heritage Campground gave us a list of neighboring towns, highlighting shops, restaurants and fun things to do. We 86’d our hiking plans and explored instead.

STOP 1: Mima Mounds, Little Rock.

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These unusual and mysterious mounds are covered by beautiful prairie grassland with native wildflowers and bunch grasses.
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As we walked around the loop trails, we learned about prairie ecology. We ventured out a little bit and discovered they felt spongy and (a bit strange). It felt as if we were disturbing whoever was sleeping under it.
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We found these berries along the trail. My Jr. Ranger had his gear with him and we were able to pick up samples. We didn’t want to eat it without knowing what it is.


STOP 2: Rock Quarry Pool, Tenino. There’s a serene wading fresh-water pool with a waterfall for Owen to play in but we got sidetracked. There’s more to this gem we still have yet to discover and share with everyone.

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The moment Owen saw these rocks, he didn’t want to do anything else but climb it. He said it was like climbing giant lego pieces.
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While he played Indiana Jones, Richard explored on his own while I had “alone time” with my phone. Happy hour.


STOP 3: Lattin’s Country Cider Mill, Olympia. This wonderful discovery led us to this charming farm-store with free petting zoo. It reminded us of Riley’s Farm back home. We look forward to returning in the fall.


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They made fresh donuts. Our snack: custard-filled donut and cider. Upon walking in, we saw locals carrying strawberry cider by the gallon. We took the hint and picked up a quart. Smart move.

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Owen wanted to play with the mountain goats in their climbing gym.
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These furry cuteys followed Owen left and right. See video on facebook.

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Abandoned structures interest me. Can you imagine my surprise finding this abandoned barn?
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Houses along the road had these little covered-porches up close to the road. We later figured out it’s where children wait for the bus to take them to school. Like in Forest Gump without the stump to sit on.

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We are Pam, Richard and Owen. It was three years ago when we embarked on this journey. We sold our house, cars and belongings. We said good bye to our jobs, friends and family. We purchased a travel trailer and had an adventure of a lifetime. We took homeschoolng to another level. Education on the go, our family was in tow and we explored the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and a little bit of Europe. We hope to inspire others looking for a dramatic change. Remember, not all who wander are lost. As of 2017, our trailer is tucked away and we are settled in Northern California.

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