Today Maddie and I spent the afternoon at the park. When we first got there Maddie hitched a ride in the stroller to the Shipley Nature Center. At one point their trails become mulch and the stroller wasn't going to handle the terrain too well, so I carried Maddie for a while. When we got back to the stroller I put her down on the boardwalk and she collected leaves and sticks. I decided to let her walk on her own for a while (while keeping my eyes open for coyotes). She skinned a knee, collected some more sticks, played with ants, scattered sand, sniffed shrubs and bushes (at this point any vegetation is worthy of a sniff that is usually reserved for flowers), and got dirty. Half way through we stopped for a snack of a banana and Cheerios. Afterwards she decided to make the hike back to the car all on her own! I'd say it was a pretty successful outing!
Collecting leaves and sticks on the boardwalk:
Walking down the path, holding onto a stick: