Last Saturday night, after browsing the exhibits at a local Art Fair (we try to act cultured when we can)…
the five of us headed to a Metro Park to see some waterfowl and take a little hike. Well, the walk to the lake was nice, but the ducks and geese had other plans (we did see some dragonflies), so we changed our plans as well.
This is my new favorite picture of my daughters with their daddy. LOVE these four.
Armed with a loaf of bread from ALDI, we drove to a cute little town (close to Gabe’s office is) on the Big Walnut River and fed ducks, geese, and one gigantic swan.
It was one of those times when you just feel like all is right with the world, and 99 cents just bought you a boatload of happy family memories. It all made me want to hit the road on another Zoo Trip.
When our bread was gone, we hit the trails and happened upon a hidden treasure–the Big Walnut Bog, home to SNAPPING TURTLES. We had no idea they lived back there. The whole bog is covered in duckweed (a type of algae, I think). The signed warned us to keep our distance from the dangerous turtles (we were on a boardwalk over the bog) but to look carefully for their big ol’ heads coming up out of the duckweed so they could take a breath.
We watched for a long time and then spotted one moving under the water. He’d peek his eyes and nose out for a minute or so at a time, but he was covered in green goo and you could barely see him. Finally, we convinced the girls to keep walking, but when we reached the end of the boardwalk, we turned around and headed back. Nina begged to stay and watch for turtles again, so we did.
And hoo baby, good choice. Because a couple minutes later, this guy started making big boggy waves under the water, and then he must’ve slid up on some log or something, because this is what we saw:
You can’t see his alligator-like tail here, but this dude was at least three feet long from tail to head. And his head was bigger than a softball. NUTS. God’s creation is so stinking amazing.
We came home, popped some popcorn, and watched a Netflix documentary called Microcosmos, all about bugs super-duper up-close and personal (everything was awesome except for the mating snails–ewwww!!). It was a banner night all the way around.
What’s something simple and fun you’ve done as a family so far this summer?