Sunday, January 25, 2015

Peaceful Sunday Evening

Last week we took out the camera to try to capture the beautiful view from our backyard at sunrise; this week we wanted to share our view in the evening, particularly of the majestic Sandhill Cranes that decided to visit our lawn.
We noticed them while talking on the phone with Brooke. She wasn't sure whether to believe Grandpa or not when he said there were birds on our lawn bigger than she was. It's hard to tell without something to gauge them against, but here's the proof that he wasn't pulling her leg.
So beautiful and peaceful!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Return to MacArthur Beach State Park

Wayne didn't have to work on Martin Luther King Day, so we decided it would be the perfect day to go back to MacArthur Beach State Park, rent a kayak and do some exploring. As you can see, it turned out to be a gorgeous day. Wish you all could have come with us!
Choosing our kayak and "setting sail"
Leaving the estuary and going under the bridge into the Intracoastal Waterway
Exploring the "inland waterways" of Munyon Island
Docking at the beach on Munyon Island
There was a nature trail!
Complete with a bridge over what we had explored earlier
We checked out several different beach areas on the island.
Then kayaked around the perimeter to find more pretty beaches.
I told you it was a gorgeous day!
One final stop on a sand bar
to check out the sign.
We learned what they meant when they said it's best to kayak at high tide.
But we made it back safely, and there were plenty of people waiting to use our kayak, in spite of it being low tide.
A late lunch of barbecued hamburgers was the perfect ending to our adventure!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Village Park

We had a free Saturday and decided to go visit one of our local city parks and see if it would be a good place to take grandchildren when they visit. Here's what we found:
Four football fields, complete with bleachers and a concession stand.
Four baseball fields.
More soccer fields than I could count (because they were spread throughout the park).
An exercise trail with various stations.
A large multi-purpose building (where Michelle helped with a Halloween activity a couple of years ago) and the parks department headquarters.
There were a couple of hockey rink buildings, a skate park and a large playground area. 
Adjacent to Village Park is the Peaceful Waters Sanctuary; we'll go back to explore that area another day.
Part of the trail had trees planted in loving memory of family members; we read every one.
Another portion of the trail went around a beautiful pond.
 There were a few other ponds as well.
The final verdict? This would be a great park for a future family activity!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

It's a brand new year! Let's see if I can do a bit better at posting on my blog this year. At least I can start the year with a post. Today's activity was visiting the next county park on the list - Dyer Park. It's a regional park so there's plenty to do and we'll go again some day. Because it was built on an old landfill, there are even a couple of hills to hike up and down. 
 Today we decided to hike along the mountain biking trail. Part of it was in a forested area.
There was plenty of water, and although there were reminders posted that alligators could be present, we didn't see any.
  
Part of the trail was out in the open along some dirt roads. It was actually a very pleasant hike, particularly with the cloud cover, although it may not be quite so pleasant if you try it in August.
  
 After our hike, we took the time to relax by the lake and enjoy a yummy barbecue lunch.
It was a beautiful day and we're looking forward to many more such days as the year progresses. We hope you had a great start to 2015 as well.

Happy New Year!!