Christmas morning at Gramma’s house, Mom woke us up at six to head outside for a long nature walk. It started out in the darkness, but as we walked on, the sun started to come up. We were only carrying our phone, so the photos aren’t all real beautiful, but it was better than nothing.
The road through Sherwood Forest has a lot of hills and turns, so we woke up quickly with our drill sargent marching us along. It wasn’t real cold, but still cold enough for everything to be frozen. Once we left the forest, we hit the trails that would take us through some more wooded areas, and eventually a swamp.
When Mom, Katie, and Emma stayed with Gramma for a few months after moving back from Germany, they walked these trails a lot. Bailie has also walked here with Emma, but it was my first time. Usually when we are at Gramma’s house, we don’t have time, it is too hot, too wet, or in the winter, it can be too much snow. Finally I got to check this area out!
Along the way, we had to walk on the road for a stretch which ended at a playground right before the trail started up again. I posed with a knight. The playground was a castle themed place.
Bailie got to pose in an opening that is supposed to look like the cut out of a crown.
Both Bailie and I were super busy sniffing! During dawn, the critters are all out, leaving their scents all over the place. Our noses were getting a real workout. Stopping for photos was hard because of all the critters running around. Mom was afraid we might take off on her if we saw a critter go by. In some places we even found fresh deer tracks. I’m sure they were from Santa’s reindeer.
For Mom is was a sad but therapeutic walk. She talked to us all along about when she used to walk there with Emma and Katie. Lots of tears were shed, but no other fools were out at that time of day on Christmas, making it a good time to be emotional. Emma and Katie put down a lot of miles on the Minnetonka Loop Trail System.
Eventually, we were at the long path home to Sherwood Forest and Gramma’s house. The whole walk took almost two hours, but it was a ton of fun. Bailie and I were tuckered out! We had our breakfast including a scrambled egg, and then we settled in for a nice Christmas morning nap. Walking in new places or places we rarely walk is always so much fun!
Our friends at Living Laughing and Barking in Our Backyard is hosting a nature Friday blog hop for the winter. Since we are out in nature, I think this qualifies for a nature walk. Stop by and visit some of the other blogs in the hop.