While we were exploring on the grounds of our Nature Center the other day we happened upon this old stone fireplace. They say it's over 100 years old and was used by the nearby hospital back in it's day. As you can see by it's relation to little Lukeman--thanks to his bright green crocs--it's quite massive, and very facinating to him. Both Julia and Luke were excited to delve right in to see what it was all about.
And because the actual Nature Center building is closed for the year, we were unable to greet Luke's favorite, the snakes, and Julia's favorite, the soft-shelled turtles. But that didn't throw a wrench in our plans. We made our own fun as we climbed around this ancient fireplace:
We watched the ducks taking flight out of the pond, then skidding back in. Then we scoped out the lillypads and fish along this bridge:
We stumbled upon this century old cave that gave shelter to food from the old hospital:
Then we decided it's entrance served as a perfect picnic setting:
And this is how we always do it.
Most every day we pack a picnic. If the weather is nice--which it has been nearly all summer--we load our red, white, and blue blanket, and our cooler into the stroller and munch our lunch wherever we see fit.Alongside a rod iron gate, casing the outside of a deep dark cave...it seems fit enough for me.