Stopped off on our way home to get some hiking in while the sun was still up but found many distractions instead.
First thing we saw when we left the car was the river. Always a beautiful sight. This time it was full of water fowl. Specifically ducks and geese. Only after the kids chased them in, though.
When it was clear we didn't have anything to feed them they mostly just stayed in the water. If any ventured out one or the other kid would chase them back in. After about 30 minutes of this I finally convinced them to take a walk with me.
The lake is frozen over and at a low level. This tree intrigued me. It looked like it's roots were used to being mostly in the water yet that hadn't killed the tree. I tried for a group shot of my sweeties but digging a hole under one of the roots proved to be more interesting.
We did hike a wee bit.
Rhetta did something uncharateristic and got *gasp SNOW on her snowboots. She really tore it up once she got started. Even had it inside her boot at one point.
Willon was quite content with his stick digging holes and drawing happy faces in the snow, standing on the frozen lake.
On our way back to say goodbye to the birds a nice grandma type lady walked down to the water with a whole big shopping bag full of old bread. Who could resist?
Rhetta got closer than ever.
She kept shouting directions to them like, "Hey! Fly away!"
Willon was all cuteness. Here's the windup.
And the pitch.
Can I haz more?