As part of a new ongoing series Unplug the Day, my husband and I decided to take a walk at Moss Rock Preserve in Hoover, Alabama.
One of my main goals for 2016 is to enjoy spending more quality time with my family and friends. To do this I am taking a step away from my computer screen, and getting out to enjoy nature and the world around me. I am calling this, Unplug the Day. One of my favorite ways to unplug; take a walk!
For my first unplugged adventure, this past weekend my husband and I decided to take a couple of hours and go explore a local nature preserve close to our home, called Moss Rock Preserve. There’s a housing community around the preserve and they host a local art festival each year that we attend, but this was our first time exploring the actual preserve. Which if you haven’t been to the Moss Rock Festival, I highly recommend it! It’s right before the holidays and it’s a great opportunity to see some amazing local artist and purchase some one-of-a-kind gifts.
On the day of our trip, the weather was absolutely perfect and the preserve was full of people. Families out enjoying a beautiful Spring day, to take a walk and climb on the rocks. It was wonderful to see so many people out enjoying nature. It truly felt like the official first day of Spring!
We are lucky here in Birmingham to be surrounded by so many state parks and preserves.
One of the things I miss most from my home state of Alaska is being out in nature, and to now live in an area that is completely surrounded by it makes me feel a little less homesick, well at least until the thermometer hits the high 90s.
We’ve had the opportunity to hike some of the other parks around us and we were expecting it to be an easy, slightly sloped path but discovered that the terrain at Moss Rock was anything but. At the beginning of the trail, there was a pretty steep hill and the rest of the trail was filled with giant rocks, streams and waterfalls. There was so much to look at and explore, even fish to watch in the stream!
Moss Rock has great big rocks that you are able to climb, I am guessing that is how it got its name!
We only explored the Waterfall Trail, but we’re looking forward to our next trip and checking out the others. Maybe Frog Pond? The waterfalls were really beautiful, I kind of wished there were fewer people so I could enjoy the peace and quiet of nature a little more but I am pretty sure once the nice weather becomes an everyday occurrence it won’t be quite so crowded.
How can you go wrong with a view like that!
It’s so wonderful that you can be this surrounded by nature right in the middle of the largest city in Alabama. This shot took quite a while to take due to the father and son that just didn’t want to get out of the shot. You can still see them to the far right of the screen.
Okay, I promise…. last picture!
Is it just me or do you also see a face in the rock at the back?
It kind of looks like a zombie….
Maybe I just watch too much The Walking Dead.
We truly enjoyed Moss Rock Preserve and intend on making it a regular weekend adventure. It had a little bit of everything you want to see on a nature hike. Plus those hills, I should have thighs of steel in no time!
If you would like to unplug your day and enjoy the great outdoors, I encourage you to see what state parks or preserves you have around your area and go out and take a walk with the people you love!