Monday, December 30, 2013

Neighborhood Nature Walks

We finally started up again with a neighborhood nature walk. I think the last time we did this was in Arizona! Once we moved here, it was the heat of summer followed by many months of morning sickness, an achy twin pregnancy, and then two new babies. That curtailed our nature walking for well over a year.

If I can get my aching back out the door, I'd like to do it more often. It was so nice to get out again. We live squarely in the 'burbs, so there is not a lot of nature right in our neighborhood, but we found some interesting things to observe.

My girls thought it was totally appropriate to dress like cupcakes while exploring nature. At 7 and 4, they haven't quite learned the art of dressing for the occasion. They do know how to dress up for any occasion, however.


 
It was a beautiful December day - 76 degrees and sunny.  Honestly, both girls would like to live where it snows in winter, but it is nice to bare your shoulders in the warm sun.
 

Running downhill is fun.  It's coming back uphill that generates the complaints.

Who lives in here?

We don't know what kind of berries these are, but the girls call them "bird berries" meaning, kids can't eat them, only birds can.

We looked for bugs underneath bark.

Who doesn't love a rock?

Soft grasses.

Soft cheeks!

The girls know not to touch or eat wild mushrooms, but they are fun to look at.

This would make a nice table for a fairy.

December color in CA.

Touchable velvety moss. Also an appropriate fairy rest stop.
 
Next stop: one of the many local nature trails. We just have to find out if we can navigate them while pushing a double stroller!

We want to go, too!

1 comment:

  1. So lovely to have your little family back in the OHC Blog Carnival this month. I loved seeing your beautiful girls taking a walk outdoors in all their finery. Keep it up!

    I think your red berry is Toyon berry or Christmas berry. http://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/species_query.cgi?where-calrecnum=4140

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