I wracked my brain trying to think of a way for our family to spend Thanksgiving in a way that would be meaningful and fun for everyone. We settled on a family hike- something we hadn’t done since the previous spring but all really enjoy. It felt so special to spend a day meant for gratitude out in Mother Nature- enjoying the peace, fun, and beauty of our surroundings.
We found some trails around Grapevine Lake and set off- no trail map; just flying by the seat of our pants. It was a gorgeous day and the recent rain made for a plethora of animal tracks to analyze along the way.
Being conservation land maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers for hiking and horse back riding, there was also plenty of horse manure to investigate along the way. This led to discussions of the contents of the fecal matter of herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores; how they degrade and are broken down by insects, impact water cleanliness, etc.; why some can be used directly for enhancing the soil for gardens and farms and some should not.
Elijah saw this huge branch and decided we should bring it with us on our hike. “You never know. We might need this!” he said.
Ah yes. And, of course, he was right. A mile or so down the path (yes, he and Chris carried it that far), the branch was used along with other found materials to create a bridge across a flooded area of the path. We are both adventurous and industrious.
We love to have fun with signage. What does this mean? No biking. Hiking and horse back riding allowed. There is a castle this way? We got incredibly lost and walked for hours but, alas, found no castle.
This was a tremendously fun and muddy morning. I can’t think of a better way to spend a beautiful Thanksgiving day.