Hello! On this slow Sunday, I wanted to share a few snaps from our little adventure out to Devils Ice Box, which is part of a cave and trail system called Rock Bridge State Park that sits right on the outskirts of Columbia. Unexpectedly, Columbia is surrounded by a lot of trails and hiking spots, so we've been trying to take advantage of those and show Bailey around!
This is the main cavern that goes underneath the namesake "Rock Bridge", and it has a couple of small cave openings within. It's dark and chilly though, hence the name Devils Ice Box. It has a small creek that runs through the cavern, with the bed being made up of uneven rocks that were mostly dry. Bailey loved it, and you could tell she wanted to explore more, but I could barely navigate the rocks, so she got carried most of the way. Some parts of the year you can't even go into the cavern as to not disturb the bats that call it home.
It's just a pretty place to take in the scenery. The trails around the caves and rock bridge are all board- walked, which makes it really kid friendly.
This is the view looking up from underneath the rock bridge. We didn't venture up top, because anybody who knows Bailey knows once she sees stairs, she has to go up and down a million times. There are A LOT of stairs leading to the top, so we weren't looking for that kind of work out that afternoon.
The rocky bed from the cavern. Lots of loose and sharp rocks. I made sure to wear the appropriate shoes this time around, which I am typically not known for.
Walking through the woods with papa bear on the way out of the park. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend this nature spot! It's beloved by locals and out-of-towners alike, so don't miss it. Thank you for reading! Have a fun Sunday!