Last week was the final week of summer for my kids. Being in a new place, and in flux, we’ve not had as many opportunities to go out as a family as we normally enjoy, so I took an afternoon to explore Hemlock Bluffs with the kids. We were not even through the parking lot before Bunny and I agreed we’d have to return with Paul, who will love the place.
The Nature Center is small, but informative, and the kids were fascinated and repelled by the taxidermy examples to show the wildlife up close. Signage informed us that the animals were all recovered road kill or the like, not hunted for the purpose of taxidermy, and that moved them back to fascination.
We hiked the Swift Creek Loop Trail, which was beautiful, and will return to try out the other trails – but with a nice supply of insect repellant. We were eaten by mosquitoes, Bunny and Cole in particular. The area the kids seemed to enjoy most, and which provided a lot of inspiration, however, was the Recycled Garden. Its purpose is to show how everyday items may be used in a container garden both to reuse materials instead of tossing them and to also reduce the cost to the gardener while adding some whimsy.
We came away with some great ideas and inspiration for next growing season.