Try it sometime - within an hour's one-way drive, we kayaked a large lake and then some wetlands, mountain biked between two state parks, hiked to a closed mine, fished (albeit fruitlessly) several times and had some great outdoor cooking (note to self - you rock)!
Ever wonder where best to teach a young man to drive the family wagon? you're right - a state park! 10 mph speed limit, lots of one-way roads, good signage and most folks not in a rush. 3.5 hours of it and I'm thrilled we tooled through and around the place. Try it sometime - I bet a state forest is even better as long as the roads agree with you.
Since you've hung in there, let me throw in some interesting tidbits:
- Hummingbirds are as attracted to red Coleman battery lanterns as to a feeder
- Balsamic viniagrette substitutes just fine for cider vinegar in a sloppy joe recipe
- The Girl Scouts have perfected omelettes in a baggie - prepped at home and schnarfed at the campout ... yum, yum and no clean-up
- Board games are livelier at a picnic table
- Jumping fish, for me, mean I'll catch nothing that day
- Cycle through mud bogs quickly, not slowly, to stay cleaner (if you even care!)
- Unlimited cell phone time means you can catch up with lots of friends while hanging at the lake's beach
- Rain is not your enemy unless you aren't prepared - just work around it and it actually improves the trip since you then can't waste time hanging around
Stop dreaming and get out there - the joy in your head really can come to life!