I think the highlight of the weekend was the picnic on top of the tower.
I took the kids to an observation tower that is right along the lake, that is along the river. The area is a reclaimed wildlife refuge. For 100 years, the area was drained using pumps that ran constantly, in order to farm the land. About 10 years ago the pumps were turned off and within two weeks wildlife began returning to the area. If you are ever in my neck of the woods, please remind me to take you to the tower. It is really beautiful.
As you can imagine, the kids had no idea what I meant when I said we were going to a tower and have a picnic at the top. They thought it was going to be like a rock climbing wall. When we arrived, they were a little hesitant, but once they got to the top, they were very excited.
Two things were exciting to them.
A. The telescopes were free.
B. We had our picnic under the umbrellas.
Just as we got to the top, it started to sprinkle. Thankfully, the kids had asked if they could take my umbrellas with us to the top. They found some binder clips in my camera bag and (on their own) rigged up a little picnic pavilion by clipping the edge of the big umbrella to the wire fencing. It was great. We all fit underneath and had a cozy little lunch.
The sun came out a little later and we enjoyed a sunny adventure, searching for wildlife, climbing up and down the stairs and taking pictures.
The rest of our time together was filled with bike rides, playing at several different parks, making craft projects, cooking and going to the computer lab.
It was a very happy weekend together.