I recently discovered this really cool place here in town that surprisingly I never knew existed despite the fact that I had been to the same place where it is located many times. Normally we go to the playground at this park when we meet up with our homeschool group. However one day as I drove by the park I noticed on the opposite end of the parking lot that there was a fountain. I made a mental note of it.
A few weeks later I decided on particularly whiny morning that we needed to get out of the house and into nature. So I said to the girls, “We are going on an adventure, put pants on.” Half an hour later we were at the park exploring this new place. There is a duck pond with mallards, turtles, fish and even herons in the right season. Then behind the pond and not too far a walk away is what we call the frog marsh. The park managers have created a small oasis for wildlife with reeds and tall trees and the most precious thing of all: water.
In this marshy mini wetland we saw desert frogs, small fish, hawks, rabbits, squirrels, lizards, tons of dragon flies, hummingbirds, and doves. It was an incredible wildlife experience. We’ve been making weekly visits now because of the heat. Under the cool mesquite and cottonwood trees the temperatures are about 15 degrees cooler, and that makes it all the more lovely.
Note: all the photos were taken with my phone. I wasn’t expecting to find such a cool place!