We visited the Effie Yeaw Nature Center with friends today. The kids led us to the American River
where they decided to build a rock-bridge to the islet a few yards from the rocky beach where we were sitting
they were able to place enough rocks in the river to walk across. Not enough to keep my kids dry though - my daughter fell in a few times! My friend and I watched the kids from afar and it looked like they were building another "bridge"
looks like my son is taking a turn falling in the river
while we were left fend for ourselves against the geese!
At the edge of the rocky beach, we found some treasures:
found treasures - it's a crab claw!
and a walking stick
All that we had to leave with nature, except for the memories.
I heard of a pond in the middle of Folsom, right across from an elementary school. The fact that such a thing existed didn't really surprise me; what did surprise me is how isolated it felt, despite where it was located.
I stepped onto the trail and walked along a picturesque pond, surrounded by marshes. The view was dotted with houses (lucky families!), pine trees
and a pair of Canadian Geese.
I continued onto the path and followed it to the woods - the woods! What else would you call this sight? It was wonderful to see undeveloped nature in the middle of suburbia.
Here too, I saw wildflowers
On the way out, I saw more happy poppies
and this guy - could he be one of the birds singing while I enjoyed my time in his woods?
There is a trail that I keep driving past whenever I drive my kids to school. I always think to myself - tomorrow, I am going to bring my camera and hike that trail! Well, I finally did it. I dropped off my son at Spring Break Camp and took a detour. Lovely California Poppies greeted me...
It was a fairly well-paved trail...
with Winter Vetch still present, along with little yellow flowers whose name I am not familiar with yet (some day I will though!). In case you are wondering, Winter Vetch has darker colored flowers than Spring Vetch. In my very humble opinion, this deeper color is prettier =)
The best part is that there were some trails that led off to who-knows-where - a great place for exploring!
I followed one of the side trails and it didn't lead to anything really interesting. However, looking around the open field, I did notice some of the small wildflowers that grow abundantly in this area this time of year.
I also heard from a friend that the trails eventually lead to the river. I am happy to know this; I will probably take the kids here soon. In the meantime, here are some other photos of the flowers and plants that I saw: