Back to Three Creeks
There's always at least a little bit of discussion about who will be the "line leader." When Eli is the line leader, he likes to sing "a hiking we will go, a hiking we will go..." It's cute.
The forest isn't very dense at this part so we got a good view of the squirrels stocking away their winter food.
Anybody know what kind of tree this is? They were everywhere and so beautiful.
This was Lex's last day being 4. Looking so big!
Eli just a trekkin along.
More of the views - These rolling hill views are one of my favorite things about Mid - Missouri.
This part was really cool. Right in the middle of the woods, there was this part of the trail that was almost prairie like. It had really tall grasses and wildflowers.
Here's a better shot. You can also see how nicely maintained the trails are, even if it is a little bit narrow in this spot.
And another. It totally seemed out of the ordinary and made us wonder what kind of creatures might slither out at us.
Lex did much of the trail with his hands up like this so they wouldn't get scratched by the plants.
And here they are on the last leg of the trail to the creek.
this guide on Missouri Department of Conservation's site that helped us identify this as a Pickerel Frog. It's common for our area so no frog finding award for us - if there is such a thing.
looked him up when we got home and learned we were right. This Northern Water Snake is not poisonous although he will bite to defend himself.
And there you have it! Even on a beautiful evening on a much more public trail, we still didn't run into any other people here. Because of the views, we can't wait to go back in the fall or winter when you can see for a further distance and also have less risk of running into Mr. Northern Water Snake.