The weather turned cold like 20 degrees cooler then the day before and the wind blew in. It’s now truly feeling like Fall. I have also noticed the leaves starting to change colors and drop. What a perfect time for a Fall Nature Hike.
I wanted to get out of the house since the sun was shining and hubby was home. Originally I wanted to go to a festival but by the time we would have gotten there less than 2 hours remained. We loaded up in the van and headed out anyways but I changed our destination to a local park with creek, nature trail, and two small playgrounds.
My goal was to soak up some Vitamin D, walk over crunchy leaves, and let the kids play. A win-win for everyone. Yes, I still got groans from the kids until we turned into the park. I let the big kids walk across the creek and up the creek a ways to “go exploring”. Hubby hung out in the car while Lil’ Red finished his nap and Big Red practiced swinging.
Once the big kids were back from exploring the creek, Lil’ Red woke up and it was time to hit the trails. Princess found tons of acorns and began to collect them, “For a project. I don’t know what, yet but I need lots of big acorns,” she declared. Eldest and Big Red were interested in swinging sticks around and the hopes of being allowed off-trail.
Lil’ Red was trying to run the paved path but fell a few times over all the acorns, leaves, and branches. He was so exited and cute! I looked for a variety of leaves to bring home for a quick leaf study. I stopped along the path to enjoy the song of a variety of birds. One I believe to be a Robin I got a picture of.
Near the end of the path was the 2nd playground where we found a long Sycamore branch which I thought would make an excellent walking stick! Princess had just messaged her grandpa requesting a new “taller” stick since she had outgrown her previous ones! Now hubby can have a new stick as well that should fit him plus the extra might make a nice stick for Lil’ Red or Big Red!
Hope you load up your family and head outdoors to enjoy a nature hike before the bitter cold of Winter settles in. If you’d like to see what we found last year on our First Fall Nature Hike then check it out here:
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Children’s Book – Petal’s Fall Change (Petal the Owl Series 9)
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Emma @ P is for Preschooler says
My very favorite thing about fall – getting out and exploring beneath those beautiful leaves! I love that the whole family got into it – sounds like a great afternoon!
Lyli @ 3dlessons4life.com says
Welcome to Thought-Provoking Thursday! I so enjoyed visiting your blog today and “meeting” your beautiful family. A good walk restores the soul, doesn’t it? 🙂
Yes, we as a family need more nature and less tech BUT the tech is what is paying the bills, lol.
Christina Morley says
I love spending time outdoors with my family. It’s nice to see others doing the same. And, thanks for encouraging moms to get their kids out before it gets too cold. Thanks for linking on Amanda’s Books and More!
Lovely post! Thanks for sharing.
Hannah Atkinson says
What a lovely walk you had. We’ve been enjoying Autumn too and because we have a dog, we are out every day. Thank you for linking to #featurefridays
Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom says
Awww, what a fun and happy day. 🙂 I love nature hikes! And you came back with some fun nature-souvenirs too!
Lisa B. says
Your day out with the little ones sounds like fun! I wish it was cooler here where I’m at to be able to do this. It is just to hot still. I envy the cooler weather. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing and linking up with us over at the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!
Something Crunchy Mummy says
I love spending time outside and this looks great! Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx