It was another beautiful day for our hiking trip at Cosumnes River Preserve. P3100017

We started out at the visitor center, which has some interpretive exhibits:

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Then we had a picnic outside and looked at the river: P3100012 

P3100015 Leroy contemplates nature….

We took a hikeP3100018  P3100020 The “ponds” behind Leroy and Jacob are seasonal. P3100022 Water is pumped into to create a wetlands area from the river.

The preserve has one of the largest Valley Oak riparian forests in the state. P3100027  (the last two photos were taken by Leroy)

We had a great time! P3100035 P3100036  P3100040

After a hint from a fellow we found a beaver dam…P3100043  and saw some of their handy work…P3100041

We also discovered lots of poison oak! P3100086 P3100082    We didn’t sit on that bench.

Who needs a play structure? P3100072 P3100071 P3100069 P3100065   

It was beautiful! P3100062 P3100092  P3100003 P3100079

The only problem was that with four different children, there were four different “paces” for the trip.

P3100090 Leroy, running ahead.

P3100057  Aaron is with Leroy here, but he spent a lot of time doing things like this so he and Jake switch off heading up the rear.

Sean was “just right”.P3100058  

  1.   kanani says :

    Hi It’s wonderful to see you and your family enjoying the Cosumnes preserve. It truly is a wonderful place. I was googling it, since I’m writing a novel that’s based on the ecology of the region. Your photos hit home the importance of preserving great placeslike this.

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