Saturday, August 30, 2008

Afternoon at the Arboretum


It was off to the Overland Park Arboretum and Botannical Gardens today. More easily referred to as a pretty place with cool trails. Reese was the official keeper and reader of the map. So most of the time we had no idea which way we were headed.

My apologies to the visitors out to enjoy a quiet relaxing atmosphere. This was pretty much completely shattered when my brood showed up. They actually faired pretty well though. Through the course of the almost 2 hours we were there they felt the need to share with me how tired, hungry, and hot they were. However, each time we discovered a new trail through the woods, they would miraculously perk up and run ahead. Hmmmmm....

Once they saw the first little bridge and waterfall, they were hooked. They decided that an outdoor nature trail could be pretty cool after all. They seemed genuinely pleasantly surprised. We were minus Daddy today who always points out the fun bugs and wildlife and thinks he is an exception to the "stay on the path" rule.

Only one small flower was picked by Reese...who picked it for me. When she realized she had picked the forbidden flower she guiltily scanned the grounds half expecting the garden police to descend.

The girls tried out almost every bench there. And even laid down on some benches in a gazebo for a little rest. Tate took one look at them and said, "No...'mon (come on)" and kept on going. He wasn't too thrilled at having to stop and get his picture taken either.

As I was explaining how to creep quietly into the bird watching area they all bumbled ahead excitedly and every last bird flew off their feeders into the wild blue yonder.

We finished our first loop in about an hour and were about to call it a day when one more mulch covered trail beckoned us. A handful of trails and bridges and an additional hour later, we made it back up to the front and headed for pizza.
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