Mother's Day at Bernheim Forest

Mother’s Day is a such a difficult holiday to celebrate because it is impossible to express gratitude for everything our mom does and to celebrate how wonderful she is. My mom is the first person I call with good or bad news. I call her to talk through every problem or to ask where I can find an ingredient at the grocery store. She acts with integrity, leads by example, and is the strongest woman I know. I’ve never doubted that she wouldn’t be there in any situation.

Because she is such a special lady, we decided to take her to the woods for Mother’s Day...

My mom, sister, and I have all wanted to check out the Bernheim Forest for some time now. It is an hour and a half from Lexington and Bowling Green and only about thirty minutes from Louisville, so it wasn’t too far away for any of us.  Surprisingly, I haven’t heard much about the Bernheim Forest. As a Lexington resident, it is easier to head to nearby Raven Run for a quick hike or to the Gorge or Natural Bridge for a longer hike.

We met at the visitor’s center for a picnic. There were tons of picnic tables throughout the park, but since it was our first time visiting, it was an easy place to meet. The part wasn’t too crowded or too quiet. We enjoyed a leisurely lunch before exploring a few of the trails. The grounds are impeccably maintained and the trails are well marked. I appreciated the mix of difficulty, length, and terrain. We did a more difficult and steep hike, a short hike to a spectacular overlook, and an easy hike around a lake. We’ll definitely be back!

I regret not taking more pictures, and I say that all the time. I prefer to savor and enjoy moments with family instead of experiencing life behind or in front of a lens. Luckily we did manage to stop and snap a few pics like this gem below.

This picture reminds me of the classic "bridesmaids admiring the bride" shot. 

This picture reminds me of the classic "bridesmaids admiring the bride" shot. 

See what I mean...

See what I mean...