First, a little exercise and exploration. We "did the trail" - Me pushing K.in the stroller, M. & S. on scooters, C. on his bike, and A. running (what else would he do, right?) We were lured by the peaceful gurgling of the creek and found a little waterfall. The Big 3 spent the next 20 minutes floating little stick "boats" down the waterfall while A, K, and I enjoyed the big swings at the senior area.
We found a cool tree by the playground to sketch, and tried in vain to identify it - I wish I had a picture to post. We think it was a "Myrtle Holly" - because of it's many trunks with smooth bark and round, waxy leaves. It is a smallish tree, but still big for a shrub (which is what our field guide calls the myrtle holly) and I think we're a bit north of it's range. But oh, well - S. sketched it anyway and everyone enjoyed climbing it. We didn't get the "lesson" finished b/c it was just too windy and cold to work in their Nature Journals. (What happened to yesterday's mild temps???) We finished it up after lunch at our cozy kitchen table. We read Wonders of the Forest (a wonderful old paperback from Troll Associates) and sketched away...
A note as from a single place,
A slender tinkling fall that made
Now drops that floated on the pool
Like pearls, and now a silver blade.
-from "Going for Water" by Robert Frost