Today the girls and I ventured out to a hill near our house that has a great view of the city. The hill is small with a winding trail and steps so it's an easy hike even for the little ones (and great exercise for us big ones!)
Much to our dismay, the hill foliage is a little out of control. What I was picturing in my mind was green grass and pretty spring wildflowers. This is what we got:
They were almost like goth sunflowers. The dark and thorny cousin or something. They were everywhere. So while I was imagining the girls running and giggling up the hill, we were all cautiously walking and I was reminding "Stay on the path!" while I furiously scanned the ground for snakes and other creatures.
Did I mention I was wearing flip flops? Just call me Ms Prepared.
Try to imagine strange scurrying noises while you look at this picture. I nearly jumped out of my skin a million times while trying to sound calm and relaxed for the girls. The path looks innocent enough but let's take a closer look:
This is the view. It's actually just a partial view of the surrounding neighborhood because the best view area was right in the middle of those crazy thorn flowers. No thanks. (Try to ignore the wonky braids. I should stick with ponytails)
The girls were very sad that there were no flowers to take pictures in front of as I promised. I was just glad we didn't see any snakes. On the way home we ran into a lady who told us that her kids caught king snakes up there all the time. That sealed the deal for me.....next time we only go if daddy comes with us. I love nature but I don't want any close encounters with a snake thank you very much!