Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Walk in the Woods

I had heard from a friend that lived here recently that there were some fun hiking trails in the woods behind our house. Monday Chris was home from work so it seemed like a great time to try to find where it was. We were in there for hours exploring everything and making lots of wonderful nature finds. I had pockets full when we got home.
Part of this months book of days was animal tracking. We were keeping an eye out and found some deer prints and lots of other evidence of deer as well. We did not have a plaster kit to make a cast of the track but we got this picture and Avery did some sketching of it too.
There were "sunshine towers" spread along the trail. They are about two story high decks built out in the middle of the woods so that you can get a better view. It was really nice up there.
We spotted lots of these little fungus guys on the dead trees out there. I love to watch the kids get really into it and notice, really notice the things around them and on the ground. That is why i ended up with so much treasure in my pockets.
I caught Avery sitting on this old stone wall with her sketching book....drawing the trees and plants around her. She was so intent. She really just loves to be out in the woods and enjoying all that is around her. When we first left she was complaining about having to go on the hike but before long she said to me, "This is way better than being in the house and watching tv"...score!
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7 comments:

Colleen said...

I need to find a trail and go walking with the kids, it sounds like so much fun.

kathalog.com said...

What a nice day you all had - I wish we had this nearby us - the mountains are about 20 minutes from us but it has been way too windy for hiking - can't wait to start camping

MaryMary said...

That pic of Avery is so precious!

Grammie/Mom said...

Love the pictures! On a warmer day when I visit I'd like to see that view.

Brown Family Blog said...

Wow that is so awesome that you have that right there. Makes me miss home. That mountain view is beautiful even though they are just "hills" according to Mary. ;oP

Sandra said...

don't you love it when they say that being outside is better than watching tv!? looks like you all are really enjoying the book of days! :)

Frank/Sue said...

With all the mechanical toys and things out there for children. Taking them outside and visiting with nature is soooooooo much more healthy. Its so nice to see them enjoying the great outdoors, along with lessons that they learn. You are doing a great job with the kids Leslie I am so proud of you and Chris. What great parents.

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