My son loves to tell stories. One of his favorite things to do is to go for a long walk and spend the entire time telling me a long, complex tale. His stories are all related and contain the same characters, whose identities I'm not allowed to divulge here because they are secret super heroes. He tells his stories in a series of episodes, with an occasional full-length movie. (Yes, he wants to go to film school!) And he can recall exactly what happened in each episode, even though there must be at least twenty of them now. My son has a very unique brain!
I am amazed by his stories but I confess, I am ill-matched to my child because I am not a great listener. My mind wanders when I am talked at a lot. (School was always a huge struggle for me!) But lately we have reached a compromise. He tells me his story while we walk in the state park adjacent to our neighborhood, and he stops the story whenever we see something special. And fortunately for my tired ears, we have seen many special things lately!
Our walk takes us through a field, some woods, and down this path to the coast. Then we cross a beach and head to the monarch butterfly grove, where many monarchs cluster during the winter. Then we head back through the field and home.
|Here is our path to the beach.|
|The beach with a natural bridge in the water.|
Here are some of the creatures we've met. My apologies that the photos are a bit blurry! I took them with my old iPhone.
|My son watching an egret near the beach.|
|Great blue heron looking for supper.|
|White heron, just hanging out.|
|The blurry Great Horned Owl. I am looking forward to a phone upgrade and a better camera!|
|Gopher snake crossing our path.|
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