Go on an impromptu field trip!
While EC was working hard reconfiguring water pipes in the basement and I was re-configuring my life again upstairs, I decided that since we can't take showers, brush our teeth, or flush, we might just go outdoors and hang in the sunshine for a few hours!
Nobody outside cares whether we've showered or not.
This hawk certainly did not.
She/he flew over us twice.
Swooping back and forth.
What to do when the sun in SHINING IN OUR EYES?
Simply close your eyes and smile.
(they thought this was the bomb!)
We began our hike through the crusted marsh
I find that I take pictures with my blogging friends in mind now.
This reminded me of some of you and your blogs.
There are many of these wooden bridges throughout the park.
This was a rusted old farm vehicle from back in the day, just sitting here in the ice.
Normally, I would NOT be interested in this.
See what some of you Funky rust people are doing to me!
Give the boys a tree branch and call it a field trip, is what I say!
They had the most fantastic time poking through the ice!
Onward! Young men!
Look at this Mom!
Take a picture!
This is the remains of a dead tree stump. About 10 inches of it protruding from the sheet of ice and it looks like part of the landscape from The Lord of the Rings!
When our hike was complete we wondered around the HANSEN NATURE CENTER
and gazed at the many varieties of animals indigenous to the area.
The animals are wildly displayed taxidermies!
The boys got to pet the fish and turtles, too. (kidding!)
for providing us with a place to enjoy
no matter the season
Here's another photo of the path we were on, in the spring or summer.
It's a beautiful place anytime of the year!
photo from Tinker Park website
lovin' the outdoors!
oh, and the water is back on!