I had a wonderful long holiday weekend with my family.
Saturday morning we decided to take a break from bike riding and go for a hike. We went to Cedar Ridge Preserve, a wonderful all native plant preserve owned by Audubon Dallas situated in the cedar tree covered hills. I forgot my camera, so once again no pictures, the one at top I copied from the sight.
We started by walking in the Butterfly Garden. We saw some huge Tiger Swallowtail butterfly's and went over the bridges and through the arbors looking at the blooming plants. We saw some Fire Skimmer Dragonflies, one of the largest Dragonflies in Texas and bright red, dancing around the small pond. A couple of them are mating and my daughter exclaims "that was an awkward moment".
We then picked a Moderately difficult trail that leads to the large pond. Most of the trail is in the shade of the trees and a nice easy walk, but as you go down the hill it becomes a climb. We make it out of the trees and the last part of the trail is the grass lands and the sun is really beating down now. We make it to the pond and Morgan is tired so I had planned to stop for a break and have a snack. She informs me that she has to go to the bathroom and will not go in the bushes! So we take a quick look at the wild life and it is back on the trail.
The uphill climb is hard on Morgan but she will not give up or use the bushes. Every time there is a scrap of shade I make her stop and put cool water on her and let her catch her breath while sipping water. We make it back to the trees and there is a nice breeze so she is once again enjoying the hike.
We see dozens of Cardinals flying among the branches, a Red-tailed Hawk explodes from the bushes, and the lizards are scurrying across the ground. Morgan is a little frightened by all the poisonous snake warning signs along the trail, so I explain to her that everywhere in Texas is a poisonous snake area and the signs are just to keep hikers on the trail.
We finish the hike with a visit to the bathroom and some cold water from the cooler. We hiked about three and a half miles with the temperature hovering around 100, so we both decided that our next hike we would start even earlier in the morning.
Sunday Morgan goes to a friends house to swim and Zach is still at the lake with his buddies. So Melissa and I work around the house, play with the dogs, cook a pot of beans and watch a movie.
For the 4th we go to the In-laws house. We spend the whole day outside. The kids play in the pool or use the slip and slide. We play horse shoes and Frisbee or just sit around talking and sipping tea in the shade. My son beat me 3 games in horse shoes, I never lose in horse shoes! He is very proud of himself, not only is he taller than me but he can beat the old man at his own game. At dusk the kids all play with sparklers and then we watch the city fire works show.
It was a wonderful family time that I will always remember.