I have been posting for the last 2 weeks as an MVP Generation Go Ambassador about fun family topics.Â This week my topic is discovering your community.Â So many people make the mistake of thinking they have to travel to find exciting, undiscovered treasures, but that is not true.Â No matter where you live there are places you can explore and enjoy.
This weekend my family and I took a break from our home improvement project of fixing the deck stairs to visit a local park, Oxbow Falls Park.Â My son and I had visited this park briefly in the spring, and knew we had to go back with the whole family.Â
Oxbow Falls has an 18 hole disc golf course, which is obviously very popular, and is the only 18 hole course in New York State.Â But it was too hot for Frisbees, so we were interested in the waterfall.Â A local Boy Scout recently cleared 1 mile long trail and built a bridge to allow access to the bottom of the waterfall.Â The trail is so new that not many people know about it yet.Â We found out about it from a friend, and talking to friends and neighbors is a great way to learn about the undiscovered places in your community.
So we set off with our dog and water shoes and departed for a few hours of exploration.Â Now it isnâ€™t Niagara Falls or anything, but it is quite pretty.Â The waterfall is about a 100 foot drop on the edge of the Helderberg Escarpment.Â It isnâ€™t too steep, so we were able to hike up almost to the top by wading in the stream.Â Along the way it was fun to see all the different rock pools and the wide variety of trees and plants.Â We didnâ€™t see much wildlife (probably due to the fact our dog was with us), but my 18 year old future biologist was fascinated by the huge millipedes that were climbing all over the moss covered rocks.
The whole trip took about 3 hours, was less than 20 miles from our house and cost us nothing except the gas to get there.Â Discovering your local community is a fun, frugal way to connect with your family.Â Now Iâ€™d like to hear about some of the hidden treasures in your community, and I have another $50 gift card giveaway!
For your chance to win, share your familyâ€™s favorite undiscovered or under appreciated place in your community with me in the comments.Â Let me know why your family likes it and how you found it.Â It doesnâ€™t have to be a park, maybe your familyâ€™s favorite place is a restaurant, store or library.
For a second entry you can Tweet you favorite place (with a link if possible) with #GenerationGo and #Community.Â Note that you are welcome to tweet this post, but only a tweet about your favorite place counts as a giveaway entry.Â Leave a link to the tweet in the comments.
These are the only two entries for this giveaway, and the giveaway ends Friday, 7/29 at 11:59pm.
Donâ€™t forget to check out the MVP Generation Go Facebook page, where you can see the postsÂ by the other Ambassadors and enter their gift card giveaways.
Disclosure: I am an MVP Generation Go ambassador.Â MVP Has provided me with compensation for this post.Â My participation is voluntary and my opinion is always my own. The $50 Gift Card for this giveaway was provided by Kids Fun Plaza.