Sunday, March 13, 2011

Soaking up some Mother Nature...

Last weekend, we enjoyed a sunny afternoon at Effie Yeaw Nature Center along the American River, where the deer, coyotes, and wild turkeys roam.  These turkeys were HUGE!

Inside the Nature Center itself are rescued wild animals, such as an owl, a king snake, two garter snakes and a kestrel.  You never know what else you might find there...  Greta was mermerized by the deer crossing our path.

Along the trail and through the bushes, we saw one buck and more deer than we could count!

The park has many different walking paths amid the oaks that lead to the river or to a small pond.

  John Michael loved the trails and seeing all the animals.  He even found the perfect walking stick to navigate the way.  Every boy needs a walking stick after all...
 The girls had fun tossing small rocks in river, at first trying to make them skip, and then giving in to just tossing them in by the handful.
Even Luke enjoyed the sunshine and soaked up some Vitamin D.

The "pack" watched me with hungry eyes as I set up our picnic lunch. 

Can't wait for more outdoor now that spring is almost here!


  1. What a great way to spend a beautiful day! I can't wait for consistent nice weather, too, so we can actually make plans for fun outdoor things. So cool that the deer let you get that close!

  2. That looks like a perfect day!! I am so ready for spring!! almost here! I love the pix! there is nothing like getting out and just breathing!! smiles

  3. That looks like a great place, what a fun family day! Our first day of spring break and it snows! LOL