We had a lovely nature walk at the Tyler Arboretum today for Ascension. It was our first visit and we fell in love. We studied trees, ants, turtles, bullfrogs, their vegetable patch, the cool tree houses. The trees provided a lot of shade so even though it was 85 degrees, it felt much cooler.
I was surprised that M. was the first to spot tadpoles in the pond and then this bullfrog in the ferns. Who says a 2 year old boy can't be a nature tracker!
My favorite part of the walk was through the Rhododendron trail. Rhododendrons have never been a favorite, but to see so many was amazing.
If you are in the Delaware County Area, you must go! I look forward to going through the rest of the trails and woods throughout the year!
When we finished, we headed over to the Ridley State Park for our Ascension picnic.
Chicken Salad with dried cranberries and green onions wrapped in lettuce leaves from our garden. And a Spring Vegetable Salad, we just had Sugar Snap peas and Asparagus but it was delicious. And we ended with a Strawberry-Rhubarb Crunch for dessert. I posted earlier on the "ascension theme" of this meal!
Before dessert, we headed to the highest spot around and read the Scripture passages for this day. Instead of reading the Psalm, we sang a chorus of verse 1, I learned as a child. Everyone then laid in the grass and looked up at the sky. It was so sweet when M. our 2 yr old said, "I see Jesus!" We ended at the swings and when G. rose up into the air, she yelled, "Ascension!!!!!!"
It was a glorious day and so worth the memories and formation, even if all of our suitcases are still unpacked and laundry is backed up!