After the hill, the next "attraction" is the sandy hill. I didn't take the kids to climb on the hill very often this year, but last summer was a different story. They'd race up as fast as their little legs could go and then slide down on their backsides, or kind of run down when they were feeling brave. Tyson would stand up and yell "I'm the king of the Jews". He was trying to repeat what I told him to say, but king of the world must not have sounded very exciting to him.
|The sandy hill|
After the sandy hill is the little pond. The little pond used to be a slightly marshy area, but after a few years of repeated flooding, it has turned into its own little ecosystem. The little pond is home to thousands and thousands of tadpoles, which later turn into little frogs that infest our street. This is also where the herons prefer to sit and relax and the majority of the ducks choose to hang out.
|The little pond with 2 herons-white one in the water, gray one on a log|
I already wrote a whole post about the creek, so I'll skip that and get on to the main event-the pond. This summer, our favorite pond activity has been feeding the fish. First, we bike, walk, or scooter our way down the path til we get to the rocks.
Then we pick our way down the rocks, pull out whatever bread we brought along, and start feeding the fish. There are usually quite a few little fish that quickly gobble up the pieces we throw out to them. Every once in a while a bigger fish will make an appearance. Once we even saw a gold fish that someone must have released in the pond. It wasn't a Koi, just an overgrown gold fish!
|Jori eating our fish food|
|Feeding the fish|
Today Tyson preferred rock climbing and rock throwing to fish feeding. He even got Jori in on the rock throwing action. The water has really receded a lot over the past few weeks due to a lack of rain, so it was kind of muddy where they were walking. By the time we left, they both had stinky pond mud spattered all over.
|The rock climber|
|Hiding out in the tall grass|