The past couple of days I’ve been taking the kids out to a very cool area called the Ironton Rail Trail. It is a 9 mile trail that was adapted from an old railway. Along the trail there are the remnants of an old cement company including the building above. Trail management has also a bird feeding station that was quite active with birds, even in winter.
Beyond the old buildings there is an old quarry that is filled with water. Yesterday there was a thin layer of ice on the pit and the kids had a great time breaking the ice and throwing broken ice chunks on the surface.
We played army and they really enjoyed themselves. It is nice that local authorities and concerned citizens have gotten together to make such nature preserve possible. With the onslaught of highways and housing developments in the area, it is a welcome relief to the malls, chains of box stores, and suburbs.