Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Fall Colors at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

What beautiful fall weather we have in North Texas! We just had to spend some time outdoors today so we visited the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano. It is hidden treasure in the middle of the city. It's a 200 acre park with paved and unpaved trails, playground, restrooms, and picnic areas.



We spent most of our time hiking the trails today. Rachel enjoyed this piece of rock and dirt that had been cut into to make this trail. I showed her the layers of Earth and talked about how many thousands of years it took to build up that land.

She just wanted to poke at it with her stick.



She also picked up tons of rocks and leaves. For some reason, she was fascinated with the hole in this leaf. She kept looking at it and mumbling something about the hole that I never quite understood.



Both of my kids are fascinated with sticks and water. This little spot had a creek and lots of rocks to throw in the water. Splash!





The fall colors of the leaves were just beautiful. Red, orange, yellow, green, and brown...





The kids found a spot with thousands of fall leaves on the ground. At first they were throwing them up in the air. Then they decided to dig in them in case there was treasure buried underneath them. I hear that's a prime hiding spot for treasure these days.



We made it to another little creek and found lots of these little shells. Rachel did a great job counting them...1,2,3,1,4,2



We hiked a long way. I feel pretty confident the kids will sleep well tonight, especially Rachel :)



We made it back to the front of the property. I was so glad that there were restrooms on the property. Although I had brought plenty of water with us, Rachel was more interested in drinking from the water fountain. Well, at least TRYING to drink from the water fountain...


The kids ran and played in the tall grass for a while. Rachel thought it was fun running through the grass that was as tall as she was!





They were fascinated with the one purple flower they found. It's so tiny you can hardly see it in this picture but their keen little eyes found it right away.



We played at the playground for a little while before heading home. There is a big kid playground, a toddler playground, and lots of swings. It was super fun!

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