A tunnel, a bone and a free roaming duck (Nature)

A couple of weeks ago I blogged about our participation in Baltimore County’s Nature Quest .  The parks in the quest are not actually very close to us because Baltimore County surrounds Baltimore city. We live in southwest.

Today we went to a park far to the east and it turned into an hour and a half white knuckle drive through bad traffic  on  elevated roadways and  through the Fort McHenry tunnel.  Having only been driving for a few years, I had only been on the elevated roads twice before and never through a tunnel as the driver.

I hated it.

The kids thought it was faboo.

Kids: THIS IS SO MUCH FUN WOOHOO

Me: losing the circulation in my fingers and thinking…” breathe amanda breathe amanda”

Eventually we arrived at Marshy Point Nature Center.

This nature center kicks ass.

They have a free roaming duck with its own food bowls and baby pool.

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They couldn’t get any cooler.

The children loved the different puppets and activities.

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We had lunch at the picnic tables on the porch,

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  Gluten free jammies…. *happy sigh* (sort of like fig newtons, same concept, cept jam in the middle and they are larger)

then set off to find the Nature Quest Marker.

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While walking (I’m always the “sweeper” to make sure no-one is left behind) I found a weird bone. It was way too funky to take with us for identification at the center so I took a picture instead and am hoping they get back to me on just what it is.

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Quite a few of these little guys were hoping around, they blend in with the trees well.

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Plus I took a picture of a common wood nymph from about six feet away.

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I would like to have taken a better shot, but I save my butterfly chasing for days I don’t have five children to look after.

Eventually, we found it!

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Another marker for our Nature Quest trail passport, three more to go.

It was a great day, and though I took a different way home, a long trip back.

 

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