(Edit: Â I realize WordPress is having issues right now – all my photos are loading sideways, and while they look fine on my Dashboard, they appear flipped on their side in the final post. Â Working on it!)
The past few mornings have felt like SeptemberÂ with their crispness, and we’ve started out the day in sweaters. Â And yet the afternoons are the best that summer in Oregon has to offer with blue skies and warm breezes. Â So, of course we’ve been taking advantage of the gorgeous weather and spending every possible moment outdoors. Â Every evening we’ve taken long walks, and most days we head to a playground in the city after swim lessons and garden chores.
Sunday we played hooky from church, packed a picnic lunch, and went for a day hike in the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. Â The paths are wide and easy to navigate for toddlers like George who want to walk/run like the big kids (“No backpack! Â I walk! Â I WALLLLKKK!”).
And the wildlife! Â We saw frogs and birds and insects and fish at every turn in the path and every pond. Â Bea tuned-in to every call of every bird, particularly the Orange-Crowned Warblers and Song Sparrows. Â But the highlight of the afternoon is when a Bald Eagle flew very low to the ground, directly over our heads, and landed in an adjacent tree.
If you haven’t made a trip out to the Refuge, we highly recommend it. Â And we’ll be traveling back again to see the migratory birds moving through in the fall and spring.
I’ll be back later this week with some knitting, spinning, and maybe a few new recipes. Â But for now, it’s back outside to soak up that sunshine.