Traci had a great story about fun things that you can do during a Southern Tier staycation and with gas prices hovering around $3, maybe this summer you want to do something closer to home with the kids.

Are you trying to think of someplace different and less then a day away? Someplace fun but educational and I don't mean the boring educational kind either. Here's my suggestion:

It's Boulder Field at Hickory Run State Park in Pa, it's about an hour and a half from Binghamton. This is where really big boulders with some rocks as big as 25 feet high hang out at. It's apparently left from the last ice age.

It's many, many football fields long with boulders as far as you can see. You can walk on the rocks from one edge to another.  Devon and Riley went across the field and back in no time. Tara started across and she wanted to play Hide n Seek with me. I apparently wasn't moving fast enough for her because I was taking pictures of the rocks and the kids.

So what does she say to me?  "Hey Old Man, man up and start walking the rocks!"  It sounds like a command for the field and for life. I made it all the way across but decided to take the easy way back through the woods. That also sounds like a life lesson.

Masquaw and Pops like to ride their motorcycle and they asked me if it's a trip they could take. The road from Hickory Run to Boulder Fields is unpaved and a couple of miles long but you could easily take a motorcycle ride on it.

The speed limit is 25 mph and it gives you a chance to enjoy a beautiful part of the country. When you're done with Boulder Fields, there are other sights to see including Hawk Falls.

It's easily something you could do in a day and it's close enough that you could go back again with your friends later in the summer. Go here to get your GPS directions and for a great time.

[via Hickory Run State Park/Boulder Fields]