Sunday, December 11, 2011

Too Warm to Hunt - It's Outdoor Toddler Time!

Hank runs wild at Irvine Nature Center's back 40 ? 60? 110?  It's a big field - wish they'd restore it as habitat!

You wouldn't think this is about 8 miles outside of Baltimore's city limits

Hank was ecstatic to find (and he found it himself) a "dwagon toof", which he talked about
for the next day and a half. 
The "dragon tooth" in question (fox jaw)
Hank pretty much runs as fast as possible, all the time.   One benefit of having no large
predators out here (yet) is that he's totally safe running ahead like that. 

Irvine Nature Center won an award and some certifications for the Outdoor Play Space
they built for city and suburban kids to actually play with stumps, boulders, loose soil, etc. 
Hank takes on the physical challenges of the natural play space a lot more thoughtfully
than he does at a regular playground.  At the natural play space, he often yells, "I did it!"
when he feels like he successfully did something.  Yes, he probably got dirty.

As a dad, here's one of your (my) measures of success when it comes to planning
activities for the kids.


e.m.b. said...

Well done! Your measure of success photo says so too. ;) What a delightful post.

BrookfieldAngler said...

What an awesome looking day!! Days like this are the ones I look forward to the most.

Kirk Mantay said...

Thanks Erin! Actually writing about my little bug is tough - it gets super sappy REALLY quick.

And Nick - you're gonna love it. It's so much fun. No less exhausting than what you have on your hands now, but SO much more fun!

Alex said...

Looks like Hank had a great time!

I did have one question though...

How can it be too hot to hunt? ;)

Kirk Mantay said...

Ha ha, Alex, much like it'd be "too cold" for Floridians to hunt if it got below freezing ;)

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