It’s been a fantastically busy busy week in our world, Ryan and I were both down with the flu, B had some day surgery, my yarn store moved to it’s new location. So I was looking mighty forward to going to the beach on Sunday. When I looked at the forecast Saturday night and saw all that rain I was so unimpressed. I think this is the second Sunday in a row our beach plans have been foiled by rain. Jerk clouds!
Anyways, we still wanted to get out and get stuff done. Turns out, while there have been a few hikes in the past couple of months, none of them involved the whole family. So when Ryan suggested a hike, it was a perfect idea! We packed up our rain jackets and head out to Birds Hill Park. It was not a long drive kind of day so Birds Hill was perfect. It’s not too far away and has a wealth of trails. Because I know my kids love towers, I knew the Chickadee Trail was the one for us.
At 4km of pretty much mostly all flat terrain, it’s a nice walk in the woods. Lots of wooded areas, benches along the path and a fun viewing tower to check out around 1/3 of the way in. It’s a really great trail for kids. Lots to see without having to worry too much about where you are putting your feet (unless it’s in the bush, because you are not doing that because omgpoisonivyouch).
And because there are so many trails in the area, it’s really well marked. And lined with Saskatoon berries which made Little Bear very happy.
There were a TON TON TON of mosquitoes, so we came out smelling like all the bug spray. B told me that they should name it ON instead of OFF because all the mosquitoes were on him and refused to hear that it would be worse without the bug spray. There were also a ton of other neat bugs, plants and flowers that kept the kids super engaged, including this super cute crab spider.
And this gorgeous green bug. I haven’t had a good look at our bug book to identify it yet, but the colour is so vibrant!
And some fluffy-as-heck bees that were just so cute the kids wanted to pet them. They were busy doing what bees do so we just watched them.
Other than bugs and dogs with their owners we didn’t see much in the way of animals, but we heard some pretty bird calls!
We’re hoping to get a lot more hiking in this summer. We have a couple of bigger camping trips planned to Adam Lake and Kakabeka Falls, but I’m hoping we get in some smaller trips too as well as try to go on hikes together on Sundays.
The last little bit of the trail was rainy for us, but luckily we had rain jackets. And it was pretty refreshing. We drove back into the city with a quick stop at Thom Bargen for all the post-hike coffees.