Sorry it has taken me so long to get these up- life has been busy. But this week was a much calmer and more respectful week, so we are headed in the right direction again! :)
I was struck by how much knowledge our two Mission Trails experts shared with the groups as we walked the trail. We learned about the Native Americans of our area, about fire and what the park is doing after their fire, about the plants (names and uses) and about animals and their scat. It was beautiful to find the indentations in the rocks where the Native Americans ground the acorns for their food. For me, it was amazing to think that we were standing at the exact spot where families prepared their food, maybe while their small children played in the pond. The weather was moist but also beautiful.
For lunch, we drove across the park to the old dam, which one of the experts had shared was began centuries ago and was mostly created to support agriculture in the valley.
Thank you very much to the families who helped make this a special and fun trip, even in the weather! I also want to thank the families who sent photos, since I left my camera diligently charging, instead of slipping it into my purse before leaving! :)
Have a beautiful weekend, Jennifer
Photos by: Petra
Photos by: Robin
Photos by: Katrin