Hike King Creek Falls
We did a pleasant hike to King Creek Falls in South Carolina. We went in March and it was perfect. The weather was cool and we wore jacket’s. The best part of this time of year to hike is there are no mosquitoes. We want our kids to be comfortable in nature so we try to walk and hike with them regularly. Hiking and being outside is something we want to be part of our family culture. They love it. This was just a 1/2 mile hike (one way) but it had some climbing over branches and some muddy spots to make it a little thrilling. My parent’s went with us and I’m always grateful to have extra help with my kids on any adventure.
My mom is good about bringing everything to be prepared for these little day adventures. She brought a lot of snacks and even though the car ride was only an hour we ate before the hike. Having well fed children (and adults for that matter) helps ensure a pleasant hiking experience. The kids sat with my parents in the back of their pick up truck to eat. For some reason any change of scenery of where to eat makes it a little more exciting.
Other added bonuses to make hiking fun is when there are plenty of good hiking sticks to found along the way. Climbing on logs, tree roots and stumps, rocks and water always make for a good adventure. The water was cold enough that no one felt compelled to get wet. Even though it was a little muddy no ones shoes got totally saturated so everyone was able to do the whole walk by themselves.
Do you hike year round? What waterfalls do you like going to in South Carolina?
In June, Matt, my brother Scott and I went camping in the Grand Canyon. It was a memorable trip because I wouldn’t recommend it.
Let me clarify. I would totally recommend visiting the Grand Canyon but I wouldn’t recommend going to the Grand Canyon in June to camp or hike.
This was my first time here and I was just in awe how Grand it really is. We enjoyed ourselves but I really had no idea how incredibly hot it would be. We woke up before sunrise to start hiking but by noon I was done. By done I mean we spent most of the rest of the day in our car in the air conditioning and in gift shops and the visitors center (anything with A/C). I remember just sitting in the gift shop hoping no one would make us leave just so we could stay cool. There were not a lot of gift shops so it was fairly awkward.
We did the Bright Angel Trail. I turned back and Matt came with me. The heat was killer. My brother actually made it to Plateau Point (which was 12 miles round trip). I was worried about him because I noticed all of the signs that are posted that talk about not hiking alone and having enough water while you hike. There were many signs talking about how people die every year in the Grand Canyon because they got too hot. Silently I prayed he wasn’t going to get dehydrated or get heat stroke. Scott made it to Plateau Point and more importantly he made it back up. Since he went further down the canyon he got a much better view of the river than we did (so this photo is from him).
On our way back to Utah we stopped at Horseshoe Bend right outside of Page, Arizona. It is just a few minutes off the road and less than a ten minute walk from the car. It was definitely worth a stop.
Maybe I’m a wimp but have you ever hiked or camped in the Grand Canyon in the summer time? I would love to go back and hike rim to rim or do a white water rafting trip down the Colorado River. There are so many places to explore in the Grand Canyon.