Marsh Walkin’

doddwalk6Monday we went to Dodd Park near the Appomattox River.  They have several trails, but my favorite leads down to the marsh.  There is a floating boardwalk out over the marsh and it is very pretty and peaceful.

Until you invade it with toddler; then it’s just pretty.

I like to point out things to Kaitlyn, to get her to slow down and things in nature and think about them.  Sunday during our walk we spotted super-orange mushrooms, and talked about tree bark.  On this walk we talked bugs.  We saw huge dragonflies.  We listened to crickets chirping.  We watched a six-legged spider (and wondered what could have happened to the the two missing legs).  We watched a little and pulling a much larger, mostly dead bug behind it.

I pointed out how strong that ant was.  Kaitlyn wanted to know what it was pulling.  I told her it was a big bug.  She asked me sadly:

Is the ant going to die [kill] him on a teeny tiny cross?

So sacrilegiously funny.  I just told her “no,” and tried not to let her see me laugh.

Here are some pictures from our walk, which we followed with some playground time and the aforeposted Schnitzel dinner.

Kaitlyn doing some sort of pose that I find, for some reason, utterly adorable.

Kaitlyn doing some sort of pose that I find, for some reason, utterly adorable.

Anja snapping a picture from the marsh overlook.

Anja snapping a picture from the marsh overlook.

Anja, Kait & Kour at the marshwalk bridge.

Anja, Kait & Kour at the marshwalk bridge.

Keith "in motion", pushing Kourey towards the marsh.

Keith "in motion", pushing Kourey towards the marsh.

The dragonflies were HUGE!  And super pretty.

The dragonflies were HUGE! And super pretty.

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