When you get thrown gorgeous weather in September, you take advantage of it, so even though we were going to spend last Saturday cleaning and organizing, I talked everyone into going on some walks at a nearby Reserve! It was one of my best ideas and despite some bug bites, I think everyone had a really good time.
We went to the nature center first to check in and get an idea of what was in the area, which led us to their outdoor play area. We told the kids they could play for a while, but then we’d have lunch and do some exploring!
We were even joined by a little slug at one point! It was fun just watching him creep along and then Enzo gave him some of his apple.
Have I mentioned that the day was beautiful? Because the weather was amazing! It was so nice to just leisurely stroll and see what kinds of fun things we could spot. Enzo even saw a fish pop up to eat a bug when we stopped at one of the lake docks!
With so many different potential trails to go on, we chose one that had a boardwalk through a wetland area. Considering we forgot bug spray, it probably wasn’t our greatest decision, but thankfully the mosquitoes haven’t been as bad this year as they usually are. We survived to tell the tale!
I was the one lagging behind for most of the day. I am at my happiest in the woods, though, and I was soaking it in. Plus, there were a lot of things to see! Spider webs stretching across the trail over our heads, fungi and so many pretty flowers.
Now, this flower I thought for sure was a fungi, but it turns out it isn’t! It seems to be most commonly known as Ghost Plant or Indian Pipe and is part of the blueberry family! It looks so white because it has no chlorophyll and is a non-photosynthetic plant. Because it doesn’t photosynthesize, it’s basically a parasite that lives off of other plants like trees. Anyway, it was the first time I had ever seen them and they really are kind of eerie growing in the darker shaded parts of wooded areas.
Just as we were headed on our way back to the nature center, we (or rather Josh) spotted a fantastic prairie area that we naturally just had to go explore. There was a breeze, and better yet, no mosquitoes, but it was nice to just see the prairie grasses wave in the wind and watch bees flit from blossom to blossom.
I’m pretty sure we’ll back.