Balance, Dragonflies and Butterflies

Our spring days are slowly starting to look like summer. A few days ago, it was cold and windy at our local park (and snowing on our local mountain!). We still had a lovely time, climbing all over everything. Perhaps surprisingly, the actual playground equipment isn’t quite as alluring as the workout stations located around the park. Mia is climbing more things, more easily, and often instructing me to “stay over there” as opposed to standing nearby trying to spot her.

Stay there, Mama! Watch this!

Stay there, Mama! Watch this!

Yesterday, we had a long leisurely visit to the BioPark. Our favorite spot is one of the quietest places, perhaps because you have to walk so far to get there. We almost have the place to ourselves, even on busy weekend days. There are pools, ponds, and waterfalls; rocks to climb on; streams to hop over and splash through. There are dragonflies, birds, spiders, and rollie-pollies, and all kinds of lush greenery, including thousands of strawberries. (We’re already wondering if we can harvest and eat them? Is that against the rules? No picking flowers, of course, but no signs advise agains picking strawberries. Surely they won’t all be consumed by the local fauna?)

There are walls to balance on, all by herself. The long wall by the waterlily pond is her favorite. This was the first day she did it all by herself! No hands! And  she walked the length of the pond not once, but three times!

The Butterfly Pavilion opened for the season this weekend! We had our first visit yesterday. Mia was delighted to watch some butterflies emerge from their cocoons in the tiny hatchery room, then watch one of the staff gently capture them (with big-padded tweezers!), then see the newly metamorphosed creatures released into the terrarium. What a treat!

Hoorah, warmer days are here and we have some lovely places to enjoy them in!

About Stephanie

I am a mother and a wife, lady scientist, gardener, fabulous cook, foodie, world traveler, and aspiring polymath. I like to ignore stereotypes, challenge the status quo and encourage independent thought.
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