This Saturday we went hiking to one of the State Parks close to where we live. I have never seen its parking lot so crowded, but the trails were still relatively tranquil. We haven’t hiked with Anna for almost a year, and she was wildly excited, especially while trying to find a perfect walking stick. She still fits into our hiking backpack, but she was able to make this hike (about 2 miles) all by herself until the moment she spied the parking lot on the way back. That’s when she demanded to be put in the backpack, since she felt that she missed on the fun of riding high up on papa’s back.
We had some impromptu scientific discoveries:
- 1. It’s easier to climb up the rock than to climb back down. We also fall easier when we walk downhill (luckily she had record low of falls – only once).
- 2. Most of our trees are still very green and most leaves underground are dry and brittle and have been there for a while. That’s why there are signs on the trail warning about fire hazard.
- 3. Not every big tree is a redwood tree, and not every tree with a red bark is a redwood tree. Anna really wanted to see a redwood tree, and we did see some.
- 4. We saw one tree that fell across the trail and was sawed by park rangers to clear the path. We could count the tree rings and found the tree to be about 100 years old. Anna was amazed to see how tall the tree can get in 100 years.
- 5. Dead mice are not to be touched. Makes parents to freak out.
I am linking this post to Science Sunday at Adventures in Mommydom.