We have a new spot that we love – the nature preserve trails behind the Portland Audubon Society. We play at Balch Creek for a while, eat a snack or lunch depending on the time, and then take a little hike. We don’t have any “learning agenda” but the kids like to know what plants and bugs are so we do our best to figure it out. Unfortunately, this last trip necessitated a lesson in how to identify stinging nettles after Miriam pushed a tall one away with her hand. And that experience made them very wary of the Oregon Grape growing everywhere for some reason, so they learned that one too.
We always leave way too late, like after 10 am. One of these days I will learn to get everything packed and ready Thursday night. I carry Sophia in a wrap in front (she’s usually tied on to my back, but I wear a backpack for our hikes) and took a bunch of baby selfies. She’s such a ham. She always notices the camera and makes her giant wide mouth grin at her picture in the lens.