I didn't have anything specific planned for our outdoor adventure this week. I did an online search for parks in our area, hoping to find one we have not yet visited. Surprisingly, I found one just 15 minutes away.
It is a public park which I believe is privately operated. It seemed to be a trust in honor of two people (Kathe and Cali). We didn't have too much time to explore since the temperature was rapidly rising and some one in the family does not tolerate heat well. (me!!) There was a little playground which made all the kids happy, including the big one.
The trail led to some woods, which is rare around here since we mainly see fields of corn and soy beans. It was such a treat to be in the cool of the forest.
We found some sassafras trees, which is one of my favorite trees. The leaves are distinctive in that they have three different shapes all on one tree: the oval, the mitten and the dinosaur print. Yep, those are the technical terms when identifying them. Ok, maybe not, but that was how I first learned and I have never forgotten.
Either way the leaves and stems have their own wonderful smell. They in themselves are worth smelling. We found many other treasures along the way, making a truly wonderful trip.