Last night we went on a dinner picnic and hike with my aunt and uncle. We visited the Peebles Island nature center, where the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers converge and the Erie Canal begins. They are so great and think of so many places to go and things to do. I love that my kids are able to spend time with them like i did when i was little. Avery stuck with Aunt D the whole walk/hike. She learned so much, and saw so much. I know this for sure because Aunt D knows all the plants and all the sounds and all the little and big animals that are out there. They spent a lot of time with heads bent close over a caterpillar, flower, edible plants and/or some other little outdoor thing. It also gave me lots of time to talk with my Uncle R about life, the environment, composting and plenty of other interesting things. He is a great conversationalist. Always interested and attentive and he asks lots of questions. We saw lots of beautiful things but my favorite had to be all the great blue herons. I think in total we saw 7. I have never seen even one here before so it was exciting to see and show the kids so many. They are great little backyard birders!!! We also saw a momma mallard duck and her 10 little babies cruising the river. About half way through the hike around the island, the clouds rolled in and the heavens opened up and it started to pour. We all took it in stride...and kept right on walking, because what else were we going to do. So we got a little wet....i would not change it because we got to spend time with our Aunt and Uncle...we don't melt.
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