We decided to spent the labor day weekend at Letchworth State Park, in New York this year. A friend of Mike's from work recommended it. It's known as the "Grand Canyon of the East," and it's super cool. We had the best time. We're so very lucky to have two kids who are so adventure-ready.
I'm going to upload some photos, mostly of the kids. I'll try to add some of the cool scenery later.
Best family photo ever!
We also had a chance to take a tour of the Mt. Morris Dam. A very funny and enthusiastic member of the Army Corps of Engineers took us on the tour, which included going down inside the dam, 20 stories underground. It was very dark and damp and chilly and echo-y, but pretty cool. The kids spent the rest of the day gleefully making up sentences using the word "dam" to sound like they were cursing, without getting into trouble. It was pretty much just like vacationing with the Griswolds.
You can still make either one giggle maniacally just by mentioning going on a "dam tour." Try it! It's pretty funny.
Other highlights: really nice campground, clean bathrooms, most sights easily accessible by car, hot air balloons lifting up over the valley (!!), and no problems with raccoons or other wildlife, but we're pretty good about keeping food put away properly.
Anyway, in this photo, Brendan is building a dam to try to trap water in a pool, and Nate is making a mud painting on that rock. I sat behind Mike as he took this picture, with the fading light making them glow like little angels and thought "I am going to remember this moment forever."
*This may be a slight exaggeration. Slight.