And some clever quip...
Terra Nova Playground
It's a holiday weekend, and you want to
enjoy the sun? Better go to Terra Nova early because it is
going to get busy.
Terra Nova has two ziplines side by side, but they still get busy
with all of the kids that come to visit. Most kids are
pretty good about bringing the swing back and keep the line moving
fast, but sometimes a little help is needed.
The park has an obstacle course that targets older kids - younger
kids can't reach all of the hand holds. Claira is still a
bit too young, but she can do most of it. Nara owns the
The hike is short (perhaps 2.5km), well
signed and has a high quality trail. It's close to a stream
or lake for most of the hike and while the elevation doesn't
change very much, you pass through lots of different niches where
different plants grow. At the start of the hike I saw
Slender Bog orchid growing in a few places - after that first 100
meters, I never saw it again.
Plants don't hold much interest for the
kids, but they do like the small bodies of water and the stuff
around the water.
When we got to the lake, we had a snack and let the wildlife come
to use. A pair of Red Breasted Sapsuckers chased each
other through the trees, briefly stopping by us. Dragonflies
flew past and occasional set down.
After a snack the kids were in a better
place and we walked back to the car. A good short day is
better than a long bad day.
Post Camping Decompression
We went camping in the Okanagan and wound up
coming back with a bunch of smokey camping equipment and rocks from
a rock hounding trip. The gear came out to get some air and
the rocks came out so we could see what really had found on our
We were in Victoria for the weekend so the kids went to the local
playground to try out the new gear and try to find some
blackberries. The blackberries were just starting to be ripe
(maybe one berry in 20) so it was hard to find the few sweet ones.
I also had a productive walk around Outerbridge park.
I must admit - I often don't know what I took a
picture of until weeks later. This was a small brown jobbie -
not something I recognized. Turns out this bird (House Wren)
is at it's northern limit here but it exists all the way down to
Another brown jobbie - this turned
out to be a Juvenile Darked Eyed Junko. He was quite patent,
eating near the stones while I walked by. I though he was a sparrow
but more research says juvenile.
Beacon Hill Children's Farm
We were in Victoria after camping and had
a morning free so we went to the Beacon Hill Children's farm to
visit the goats. I like butterflies and notice a butterfly
land in the goat enclosure so I took a picture. I wasn't the
only person that noticed - a kid came running over and scooped the
butterfly up in her hands. I didn't see what happened to the
butterfly after that.
For some reason, the kids found one goat - not the smallest one, but
only a few months old - and followed it around for most of the
time. Getting photos at the petting zoo is tricky - ideally
you want something with a face of a person and a goat, but rarely do
they both look at you.
Tags: Terra Nova Adventure Play Environment(7), zipline(6), Beacon Hill Children's Farm(4), petting zoo(4), playground(3), McMinn Park(3)
People: Claira(8), Nara(7), Lloyd(1)
From: John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2018 to 2005 > July 2018
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