Friday, May 21, 2010

Indian Tree Open Space Ranger Walk

One of the benefits of our educational choice is getting to do things outside of traditional schedules. Museums, workshops, hiking trails and more are often more free of crowds and thus more conducive to enjoyable exploration. This walk took that premise to a lovely extreme, with the three of us the ONLY participants on a ranger-led walk, with the exclusive attention of both Ranger David and Ranger Shannon. Since the girls would actually prefer the company of more children, we did cut the walk shorter than planned. Still, we enjoyed a beautiful hike up a hill in a part of the Marin Open Space district in Novato that we hadn't previously explored. We walked through peaceful redwood forests, flowering meadows, and hillside with gorgeous distant views and learned about bees, turkey vultures, and more. As always, we have great appreciation for David and Shannon: thanks!

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