Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A walk in the woods

Friday we were supposed to meet our homeschool friends at the hiking area near a local lake for a new group that is starting up:  Trail Explorers!  Some things came up that morning so we were running a bit behind, but we didn't want to miss out on the opportunity to soak up some beautiful winter sunshine!  When we arrived we did not have a map since we were supposed to be part of a group, but they had already started along the trail.  We started walking and quickly figured out we were not on the trail.  It was still fun and we snapped a few pics.  Then, I downloaded a trail guide app (crazy technology) and found the real trailhead.  We ventured to the actual starting point and had a great time!  The distance is 2.2 miles, so we stopped at one point for a picnic lunch.

We all enjoyed it, and learned a lot!  We talked about the animals that might live in that habitat, the reason wetlands are necessary, looked for animal tracks, found spiders, identified some common birds, tried to call the ducks, discussed what animals may have left different types of droppings along the trail...and so much more!

The fresh air and sunshine felt great...we can't wait to go again!

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