This week the temperature finally warmed up enough for us to go looking for an outdoor adventure. After spending many days bundled up inside the house trying to stay warm in an unusually cold South Georgia winter, we just couldn’t wait to be outside. But where to go?
Having recently moved to a new place and not being very familiar with the area, we are always on the look out for suggestions of nearby outdoor spaces where we can enjoy some quality family time (some fresh air and exercise is also nice ;D). A few months ago, we come across a couple of awesome apps that have been very useful to us when it comes to finding outdoor activities for our family.
The first of these is called The Outbound. This app can help you plan big adventures as well as local outings. It will ask your location when you sign up and give you a list of “EVERYTHING AWESOME NEARBY.” You can also search by the activity you are interested in: hiking, photography, camping, backpacking, swimming, running, fitness, fishing, rock climbing… The app is easy to use and provides a lot of useful information about the suggested sites.
The second one is All Trails. This app uses your GPS location to help you find all the hiking/running trails nearby including length, maps and pictures of the area. It is not as comprehensive as The Outbound app but it does show a lot of smaller local trails that are sometimes not listed elsewhere.
Since we were craving a good hike and we didn’t want to be driving too far to get to it, we used the All Trails app to locate our family day adventure. That is how we came across Grassy Pond only 30 minutes away from our house.
Grassy Pond is an USA Air Force run recreational area located in Lake Park, Georgia. The park is located around a beautiful pond (hence the name I guess), and has campsites, playgrounds, a couple of trails, and lots of room for kids to run. We decided to walk the 3 mile trail around the pond and have a picnic afterwards.
The weather was just perfect, there were no gnats or mosquitoes around, and we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves.
One lesson I have been learning since we had the kids is that we don’t have to go far or spend a lot of money to go on an adventure. All is takes is a little bit of planing and, in this case, $5 for parking. =D
Here are a few pictures of our family day adventures at Grassy Pond:
How do you plan your family outings? Please share your suggestions in the comments section.