After homemade waffles for breakfast (can you detect a food theme to my day?) we drove out to Bon Tempe Lake (a reservoir) and hiked the perimeter (3.5 miles approximately) stopping for a picnic, animal sightings and scat identification opportunities along the way.
|Western fence lizard on a rock|
|tree sap crystallizing on moss|
|enjoying a log seat, just his size|
|All the boys were there (except the cat)|
|the smaller but lovely Alpine Lake|
We saw lots of wildlife: dragonflies, fence lizards, ospreys, red-tailed hawk, seagulls, ducks, turkey, ravens, bass, deer, and this snake on our way back to the car... possibly the highlight for Silas, although we couldn't positively identify the species. (feel free to offer ideas in the comments)
And having Kevin to parent with... well, I can't quite explain it. But it might just be perfect.