Darren and I decided last night that it would be fun to take the kids on a field trip today. So this morning, after bible songs and breakfast, morning chores, and math and language lessons, we loaded up the van and headed over to Dripping Springs, a beautiful trail system located just a short drive from our home. Dylan and Caitlyn were so excited, and both wanted to take their new backpacks along for the hike! Dylan studiously enclosed his butterfly and bird books, while Caitlyn chose to leave hers empty so she could store found treasures along the way.
The visitor's center had so much to see that we lingered there for a long while, first outside, where we were enchanted by the panoramic beauty, the number of butterflies, grasshoppers, and hummingbirds, and the lovely gardens.
When we finally made our way into the center, we were greeted by the kindest lady, who generously showed us around and took special care to point out and explain things to both Dylan and Caityln. At last we ventured out onto the trails, where again we encountered numerous grasshoppers and butterflies, many of which we had not previously seen. My kids thought it was so hilarious to discover that some butterflies are actually attracted to animal droppings! But actually, even I have to admit that it really was rather fascinating to see in nature that which I had only ever read about in books. Kind of gross, but neat!
We hiked for a while, stopping many times to investigate all the critters that crossed our path. We turned back when it got too hot, but agreed that we will definitely head back once the weather begins to cool a little more!