Our family took a little hike on the Merkel Trail at Usery Mountain on Friday. It was a scheduled Girl Scout activity, so we were joined by two other families. The kiddos sketched rocks and flowers.
They used field guides to identify scat along the trail. Benton and his friend Henry discussed who should be the leader.
One girl had a bird song player that she used with Eamon to identify bird calls. We stopped along the path for snacks and more discovery. I told them about the parasite growing in the Palo Verde which was shading our spot. The bush is spread by bird droppings, and it infests the growing tree. someone spotted a brilliant yellow spider.
The weather was so beautiful and our company was delightful making this a great hike into the field.