The kids and I had an excellent outing to Arbor Hills Nature preserve in Plano last week. It was the first day of Spring Break and I really wanted to make the most of it. Rain was predicted for later in the day which motivated us to get going early. I often need a bit of extra motivation.
Over hill and dale.It is so nice that they are big enough to go at their own pace, but mostly keep up. And I don't have to have them in my direct sight every single moment.But then Benjamin got a scratch and threw a fit. He is in a "glass half empty" stage. At least that's what I keep telling myself.
Eventually he got past it.
We even discovered a pond that I have never seen before even though we have hiked here several times.I was hoping we might see some wildflowers and I brought my Texas Wildflowers Guide, but I think we were a week or two too early.
We did find FOUR letterboxes! We haven't been letterboxing in a long long time. (For information about Letterboxing see here or here, or enter "letterbox" in the search window at the top of my blog and read about our various adventures.)
Benjamin caught me and Claire in a candid photo while we were entering our personal stamps into one of the logbooks. We were especially thrilled to find a St. Patrick's Day themed letterbox since it was actually St. Patrick's Day. (You can see we forgot to wear green.) We also found an Easter themed letterbox... perfect timing. It was entirely coincidental. These just happened to be newish boxes at this particular location.
We saw some very weird blobs of stuff made by some kind of flying bug. Interesting.
We also found the remains of some kind of bees' nest.On the way home, we picked up sushi and raspberries for lunch. Yum.
We spent the rest of spring break playing games, cleaning our rooms and taking a short trip to San Antonio. Back to "normal" tomorrow.