Saturday, September 4, 2010
Spend some time in Nature
We spent the day at Falls Lake today, on a little swimming beach with a forest surrounding it. Flannery was very comfortable in the water this trip! She swam all day long! She seemed so grown up, swimming just in swimmies very independently in the choppy water. It was a little bittersweet!
The highlight of the day was just as we were packing up to go. Flannery spotted a tiny turtle tumbling in the surf at the edge of the lake. We "saved" it and brought it over to our spot near the woods. It was the tiniest, most delicate turtle I've ever seen! And such personality! It was only scared for a few seconds, and then became very brave climbing all over Flannery's hands and our towel. It really reminded me of the tiny tree frog and worms we played with on Fathers' Day. I think Flannery might be a tiny creature whisperer!
Flannery really wanted to keep the little turtle, and I almost did, but I had no idea what turtles eat, or if it's ok to take a turtle from a state park, or if turtles that tiny need a specialized habitat, or anything like that. So, we found a shady spot in the woods sort of near the lake just for the little guy. Flannery even made him a little sandy nest bed. I hope he thrives out there!
And now we're seriously considering buying a turtle and a terrarium/aquarium setup for Flannery's room. She was so gentle with the turtle, and enjoyed it so much, that I think it's worth looking into.
What a wonderful day we had! A mini vacation! I just love that we have a "beach" so close to our home...it makes it easy to spend long days together in nature. And that really does make me happy.
Did you ever have a pet turtle? Was it overall a good or bad experience? I'd love to hear!