Yesterday it occurred to me that there are some upsides to having two vehicles; I can take Cordelia to see new places and do new things that would otherwise be out of walking distance. She and I loaded up into The Kraken and headed to the foothills in order to check out the local Audubon center. There is a little cabin with nests and other educational materials.
Cordelia was able to really take a good look and then was even lent a pair of binoculars for bird spotting. After checking out the scene there we hit the trail ourselves.
The trail is absolutely beautiful and easy enough that a toddler can navigate it also.
Cordelia led the way. She is a natural leader I believe.
The trail winds its way back and forth over Garden Creek. On the way over she would wait by each bridge to hold my hand as she cautiously crossed, but by the return trip she was brave enough to go at it alone.
The air was absolutely alive with chirps, calls and song.The birds were a bit fast for her to see with her binoculars, but she inspected the bugs and flowers. She actually told me to "Stop and smell those flowers." I was more than happy to oblige.
Mostly we just took our sweet time. We meandered along the trail, taking in the sights and smells in absolutely no rush. I let her guide the exploration and gave her some space to check it all out on her own or to include me if she felt so inclined.
It was wonderful!