It was a beautiful spring day, I remember the flowers in bloom, especially the daffodils (they have always been my favorite). The hills were green and seemed to go on and on.
When we arrived at Columbia State Park I vividly remember the old wooden sidewalks and the old brick buildings. The kids and I went into an old mercantile store and bought sarsaparillas, and some hard candy sticks. My son loved grape and my daughter loved root beer. After we walked all around admiring the town, we found an area by some large rocks. We set out our big glue blanket and had a lovely picnic. Everything always seems to taste so good when you are outside. The warmth of the sun on our backs and the smell of the fresh mountain air was so relaxing. The children played on the rocks. I had to keep telling my son to be careful. They dug in the dirt. My son was so sure he would find a nugget. He never found any gold, but he had fun trying.
My son is now a grown man, but he still remembers his search for gold on his trip to Columbia. We had a beautiful day at the park. We finished our picnic with some homemade chocolate chip cookies and packed up and headed home. The children slept the whole way, peace and quiet. A nice end to a family day together at Columbia State Park.