Chris had the day off, so out of the house we went to Fort Worth and the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge. It's the best hike we've done by far, and I think we were out there for 3-1/2 hours and hiked almost 5 miles. And yes, we are completely exhausted, thank you for asking. We managed to make it out there with lots of food and homemade sports drink, so we held up much better than last week on the trails at LLELA (where we barely went two miles). All the pictures (21 in total) can be found at Backcountry Peripatetic, so make sure and check that out if you haven't yet. Here are the highlights.
This is where the "& Refuge" comes from: The bison herd. I was so thrilled to see them!
We saw 4 armadillos on the trail. I think this is a great shot. Make sure to click on the picture and blow it up to see him well.
We saw two deer: a little one was on the road as we were driving (alive, not dead on the side of the road, just for clarification), and this one was on the trail. It's kind of hard to see her in the picture, but she was pretty interested in us like we were in her. As we got closer, she snorted loudly (I didn't know anything could snort that loudly) and bounded off. What a treat!
In a show of fantastic timing, the shutter clicked just as this blue heron spread its wings. I could've died happy right then! If anyone knows how to get this picture on my headstone, then make it happen!
And finally, Mom, I hope this settles the "What is bluestem?" debate that continues at your place of work. ;)