Ralph Stover

After we’d had our fill of banging on magical rocks, we drove a few miles down the river to Ralph Stover State Park, where we could do some hiking along a creek in a valley.

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Amazingly, there were some whitewater kayakers out for a paddle:

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The kids skipped rocks… waiting, of course, for the kayakers to pass first:

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We took a creekside family self-portrait:

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And no photo op would be complete without a shot of the Three Musketeers together:

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Next it was time to hit the playground:

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As is often the case, Maria had the best and most stylish technique:

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Near the playground we found a big climbing log suspended over a little branch of the creek:

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To get this very sweet picture of the Three Musketeers sitting together on the log, I had to bribe them with a promise that I would dunk my head in the creek:

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Chelsea has pictures of the dunking, but I’m not posting them.

To wrap up the day, we drove a little bit more to the top of a ridge overlooking a creek, where there are several scenic lookouts. The pictures don’t really do justice to the view from up there, alas, but we snapped some nice pictures of the family:

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When we got home for the evening, we found that the day’s weather had caused our trees to bloom:

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Amazingly, the weather was only getting better from there.

Tomorrow: At the Zoo… along with everyone else in Philly.