The Best Valentine I Ever Got: Taking a Road Trip to See Waterfalls

A few years back, my husband picked me up in his truck with our kids sitting in the back seat. It was on a Friday after a long week of work and it happened to be Valentine’s Day Weekend. There were suitcases packed in the back seat with the kids and there was a red card on the passenger seat. He said, “Hop in!” He smiled at me with a hint of mischief in his eyes as we headed mysteriously down the road to an unidentified destination point.

I settled into the passenger seat, curious to see what he was up to. I opened the Valentine card and a paper fell out. It was a small printed off map. It looked like a route with a blue line through various places in Oklahoma. I later learned from him that our family was going on a waterfall adventure trip through Oklahoma and each spot designated on the map signified a special place to visit to see gorgeous and musical sounding, calming rushing waters.

It turned out to be an awesome and fun 2 -day family trip through Oklahoma. My favorite destination on the excursion was Turner Falls. It was really pretty and a great place to wade in the waters with family or take photos together by the waters. There were hikes for exploring and other tourist spots to see.

Most states have these type of tourist routes on certain websites online. Here is one for Kansas with various routes for ghost towns, rock/geology adventures, chicken restaurant routes, and other topics. And yes, this one in Kansas has the waterfall adventure too.

So if you are planning something for Valentine’s Day……consider a weekend road trip route like these. Just Google your state and type in road trip routes. The waterfall trip is very family friendly and sorta romantic too. Or maybe your partner is more interested in things culinary or things paranormal or science related destinations.

I highly recommend these ideas as great “spontaneous” and fun Valentine gifts. Trust me, your partner will like it. I know I certainly did! It didn’t seem to cost too much either since most of the destination spots are free to visit. The only costs are gas for your vehicle and overnight stays somewhere. This would be fun to do with an RV too.

Earth Song

This is a place of magic.

Brilliant beautiful songbirds in hues of the rainbow nest their families in the green trees.

Their gentle music carries on the soft breeze. 

Red cardinals, like angels, gather on the limbs above whispering notes of tranquility. 

The sun slowly rises, lifting her gorgeous head from another night’s slumber.

She graciously shines her light for all and suddenly the sky bursts into captivating watercolors. 

Purple, orange, pink, and blue with clouds so white and fluffy surrounding us comfortingly.

The beautiful light of day reflects and glistens on the shimmering waves of the lakes, rivers, and oceans.

Mountains rise to embrace the sky. 

Valleys dip playfully downward covered in vivid green and wildflowers.

Majestic waterfalls cascading, some powerful and yet others delicately trickling from little wilderness streams.

Everywhere, flowers lovingly planted, contribute their colorful blooms. 

The red, pink, and yellow roses of this garden offer a pleasing scent. 

Think of all the people rising to face this day around this great big globe.

A world of dreams and destinies intertwined.

Think of a world in peace, in harmony with the songbirds.     

Mothers and fathers everywhere waking children to get ready for school.

Parents heading to work every day to build a future.

Millions and millions of boys and girls filled with hope for their day.

Grandparents helping their children and grandchildren,

Nurturing them with words of wisdom. 

Babies being born into a planet of people,

All living for the present moment. 

All together in this moment of magic.     

Hidden Waterfalls

These are the Bourbon County Waterfalls, a little known secret location in central Kansas. They are way off the beaten path and quite beautiful. We went exploring last weekend in the Kawasaki Mule and finally found the waterfall as well as 4 deer, 2 raccoons, 1 bat, and 2 rattlesnakes along the way. Fun adventures out in the country that I thought I’d share with you here.