With the school-year fast approaching, Friday was our last full day with RJ for the summer. It was a busy one. I picked him up about 7am, and we headed to Chickadee Trail with some sunflower seeds and corn. With only a couple other people there, we had the birds & creatures full attention for the most part.
I took the 'wrong' camera with me and 7am isn't my best time of day, so I was slow on the draw and didn't catch any shots of the Chickadees or Chipmunks eating from RJ's hand... but they did. A bunch of Chickadees, a Downy Woodpecker and two Chipmunks. He was especially thrilled with the chipmunks eating from his hand since it was his first time for that.
Squirrels got in on the act too. There are grey, black and red squirrels at Lynde. We saw all three today. You can expect any of them to come within a foot or two of you.
We saw four Wild Turkeys. They'll come within a few feet of you too. They enjoy the handouts as much as the rest of the creatures.
I thought RJ had been on the boardwalk at Lynde before but he said this was his first time. His memory is much better than mine. The cattails are taking over.
When we got home it was time to try out the skateboard he got for his birthday. His buddy J.R. joined him.
He'll be performing all the cool moves soon, no doubt. He does the foot-flip to pick up his board.
Our neighbor's crazy cat ("Mini") was relaxing on their front deck.
After lunch at McDonald's we went to Darlington Provincial Park. It's only 15 minutes from home. We had the lake to ourselves. Not really... but there were only a handful of people at the beach so we each had a section of our own.
RJ's not a swimmer yet so he found other ways to have fun.
His favourite was to sit at the edge of the lake and have the waves wash over him. Here comes one...
He just loved it. He'd scream like the kids do on roller coasters, when a wave hit him.
After a long session with the waves, we went to a turtle-feeding demo that the park staff put on. There were four Painted Turtles and a Snapping Turtle.
They fed the Snapping Turtle dead baby mice. Kinda sad in a way but apparently they're meat eaters. The guide said they'll nibble at dead raccoons, moose, etc. that they find in the forest. That was news to all of us.
Even the staff had to be careful with them. The way they snapped up the mice made it obvious why they're called Snapping Turtles. They only feed them once a week—every Friday thru the summer.
All the kids thought the Painted Turtles were interesting, but they were fascinated with the Snapper.
Then it was back to the lake as we promised him, and some more ways to have fun.
He held rocks on his hands and let the waves wash them off. They 'disappeared like magic' he said.
Jane joined him to search for pretty rocks. Have any of us not done that?
Jane showed him how to get a dry rock, then wet it, to see the beautiful colors that most rocks have. He thought that was pretty cool.
They searched for flattish rocks too, for RJ to skip on the water. He must have thrown 100 rocks. His guess was 200. His record was three skips today. He was pretty proud of that.
He didn't actually fall asleep. He just commented how comfortable it was on the towel on the sand.
Before we left Darlington, RJ wanted to go to 'the park' as he calls it. Jane plays 'the troll under the bridge' with him. She's done it in a couple playgrounds with him. He gets a real kick out of it.
Jane & I often have a swing too. I was just the photographer this time. I was too pooped at this point. :-)
Before we left for home we stopped at the park store for an ice cream cone. RJ had Cotton Candy. Jane & I had a 'carmelly kind'. Delicious. A great way to end our day.
It's such a joy watching little ones enjoy life, as they discover the world. It rubs off on you. As everyone says though, all too soon they grow up. Too often that means they lose their sense of wonder & discovery. I hope RJ never does.
The three of us had a wonderful day.
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