Friday, September 5, 2008

Foresty Goodness

On Sunday morning, Team Oster set out for the Old Forest. We decided to hike in the northeast section of the woods that is less traveled (and unmapped) since we hadn't been there in awhile. I was worried that it was going to be super overgrown, but someone had actually come through with a weedeater and cleared the trails. (Park Services or Park Friends?)

Right away we started finding cool stuff--feathers, cocoons, spiders, cicadas, cicada shells, paw paws, and mushrooms galore. What was most notable to me is that Jiro was really enjoying himself and participating. He is becoming quite the nature boy! (He's always come along on our hikes, but I can tell he's counting the minutes until he's either on the playground or back home in front of the TV.)

A few weeks ago when we saw a bunch of fireflies on one of our hikes, Jiro got really excited. That was the first time I ever saw him actually try and catch a bug. (Unlike Satchel who is always catching something.) Sunday Jiro was busy picking up acorns, pointing out Daddy Longlegs, etc. He was really into it and didn't ask to be carried or make a single complaint.

It made me very happy.