Recently our family visited the annual Trillium Festival at Tryon Creek State Park.
From the parking lot, we passed a tent selling plants but too eager to start exploring the forest, we decided to hit it up on the way out. After continued down to the visitors center, we discovered a cool set up for the kids featuring the pelts of different animals that inhabit the surrounding forest. Plunging our fingers into the soft fur, we tried to guess which animal we were feeling. The fox was the trickiest because we didn’t realize how small they are. The beaver’s sharp claws were also very impressive. Caught up in my discoveries, I failed to take any pictures of this, but it sure was fun.
Soon, we began our brave venture into the forest.
Sophia picked up a guide to the local plants and helped us to identify the flora. First find: stinging nettle. I wanted to prevent my children from accidentally brushing against it and just keep peace in the forest.
The girls found all sorts of treasures.
The girls bravely tramped through the moist and mossy trails… Searching the mouths of trees and the bellies of stumps.Crossing creeksover wet wooden bridgesCareful to check for what lurks beneath…Sometimes the girls got lostand deliberated about which path to choose.Sometimes they just had to stop and smell the skunk cabbage.Eventually we made our way homeStopping to admire this giant root ball on the way out.Too tired from our travels, we skipped the plant sale…but there’s always next year!