Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Walk on the Prairie

On Sunday we had beautiful weather and decided to spend the day outside enjoying it together as a family. After going to church we took a walk at a local prairie. Kolsen enjoyed sharing his new plant knowledge with us and named most of the plants that we saw. My kids can all tell you what parsnip looks like and to stay away from it since it causes burns. We also took Abby and she enjoyed fetching her bumper along the trails and in the water.

Shawn has restored many prairies and wetlands as part of his job as a private lands biologist and I'm always amazed at what he can teach us while we are out on nature walks. In this picture you could tell where the land had been farmed before and where the virgin prairie was because the native prairie that had never been plowed had an amazing numbers of blooming prairie plants.

After we walked the prairie and wore Abby out a little, the kids road their bikes while Shawn and I ran down the bike path south of town. The kids did a great job riding and are hoping to go further down the path on our next trip.


  1. Looks like a beautiful day and great way to enjoy the prairie. So much to see -- insects, flowers, animals. Well done Papon family!

  2. The beauty of God's creation never ceases to amaze me! What great family time!