Gas prices are down but you're still looking for a place close to go with the kids. A place that you can enjoy in one day. Are you trying to think of someplace different to take the kids to? 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 hang out at with some rocks as big as 25 feet high. It's apparently left from the last ice age.

It's many, many football fields long and wide and boulders as far as you can see. You can walk on the rocks from one edge to another.  Everyone in the Pitcher family started their walk. 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 asked me if it is a trip to take on a motorcycle. The road you take from Hickory Run to Boulder Fields is a couple of miles long. It's unpaved but you could easily take a motorcycle ride on it.

The speed limit is 25 mph, to give you an idea and is a beautiful part of the country. When your 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.