A week of walks: Candyland Garden.
A week of walks: the river park
A week of walks: discovery walk
On the evening we set out for this walk, I had an entirely different destination in mind which (sort of) explains how my children are dressed - Caribbean clothes and sandals are not great high school track attire. I can't believe I have never thought of exploring this place before as it was a lot of fun and had a great deal of educational potential as well.
I am also proud to report that I clocked my slowest lap time ever... 36 minutes! (Not that I was a speed demon before).
We began near the starting line for the 110 meter dash. Mini Me stood on his favorite number.
Little Lady was immediately fascinated with the colored paint on the track. I admit, it does stand out sharply. She spent almost our entire lap around the track bending down to touch every painted shape or line she saw. As a result, I narrated a lot of things like, "Ooo... I bet that yellow triangle feels bumpy!" or "Look at that short red line!"
Mini Me ran and ran and ran. He also practiced staying in his lane (and he learned what a "lane" was).
Little Lady tried to run, too, and no matter how hard she tried, she just couldn't keep up with her big brother.
We had a Marilyn moment at the halfway point.
I was delighted to discover that the high school band was rehearsing near by, and there was also a football camp going on. Little Lady loved the band and tried waving to them with her pinch-the-fingers wave and saying "hi hi hi hi". Mini Me was intrigued by the football campers.
We climbed the bleachers. Carefully - they are old.
At the top, we had a better view of the football camp and the band.
Back on the track, both kids proceeded to dance to the drum cadence. It was a hoot... we have a hand-clappin' boogier and a wave-the-arms foot stomper.
We danced ourselves right off the track. It was so fun! We got to run, climb, dance, and talked about shapes, colors, and numbers. I'd like to go back again and give Mini Me some special race instructions such as "run from the red triangle to the yellow circle".
I wish I had thought of this special walk earlier in the summer!