Have you ever been somewhere many many times but never really knew somewhere so cool existed in the area? It happens pretty often I imagine, because like I tell my roots it sometimes takes another set of eyes to see what you can't see. Living in Lawrenceburg, Tennesse, I have a luxury that many don't have, and that is that I am literally 3 miles from a Tennessee State Park. David Crockett State Park is a place that over the years I have visited with friends from time to time and of course I have taken the roots to see the geese and such, but it wasn't until 3 years ago that I began to see it for what it really is, which is a gem, and all day entertainment for myself and the roots. Three years ago, the oldest root participated in a Halloween History Trail hike with her high school Interact Club where she dressed up like a fox and hiked along one of David Crockett's many trails where she delivered riddles to the children participating. When she was finished, she realized how much she loved the park, and after going on several guided hikes, she was able to obtain a job at the museum. After she began to work with the park, she started sharing with us all of the things that the park offered, and it was so much more than we had ever realized. There were programs all season long on birds of prey as well as snakes, opossums, medicinal plants and herbs, and much more. As we spent more and more time at Crockett, we discovered places in the park that we never knew were there. We would drive into the camping areas, and we saw that so many families came from miles around just to visit somewhere that we lived only a short distance from and rarely visited. There were trails and trails that we had never hiked or walked or biked, some of which led to amazing waterfalls we had never seen. It was crazy! How had this been here all these years and I didn't know? Since being introduced to all of the wonders of our state park, we have camped there and discovered the love for camping and the desire to camp in many other places as well. On many of the dog days of Summer, we have opted for creek swimming, although there is an awesome pool as well, and we most definitely take advantage of that also. Just this week, we hiked the waterfall trail and while it was slightly difficult with my tiniest in tow, I had my trusty root to guide us. After three years of working in the park, the oldest root has worked her way from the Museum Attendant to a Seasonal Park Ranger, which is a title that she has great pride in. She discovered her love of programming and teaching others about the birds of prey and all the other critters she loves, as well as helping others to notice the abundance of beauty there is at DCSP if you just take a moment to look around. It's truly inspirational. Every year as it gets closer to Summer's end, we venture to Crockett Falls and I take a chair to the bank and watch the children take in the remaining days of the warm season. It's shaded by lovely trees and always had an abundance of butterflies. I will sit and take in the tiny sun rays that make their way through the tree's foliage, and I always notice that the sun is shining differently this time of year. The warmth is still in the air, but the sun is different and the way the rays feel on my face are far different. I believe it's natures way of making us feel nostalgic about the upcoming change of the seasons, reminding us to enjoy the moments we have left in the current, and I am soaking up every last minute.