We showed up on a stormy, windy, day. To be honest, I was worried that we weren’t going to be able to get out of the van. The sky looked like it was going to open up at any moment.
We decided to brave the weather and it made for some colorful, dramatic skies.
We enjoyed a nice walk around the park.
The kids worked on their junior ranger badges, and played music on their new instruments from the Santa Fe market.
And then we spotted a snake!!
Actually, first we spotted the squirrel, who was pretty upset that the snake was walking down his pathway. He wasn’t going to let him by. We decided that we would be safe and went back down the path, the other direction.
Maybe it was the weather, but we saw another snake a few minutes later. Glad we were keeping our eyes wide open for them.
We then returned to the Visitor Center (aka the store full of stuff that the kids think they just HAVE to buy!).
I have to admit, it’s tempting to buy a field guide, a compass,or a mini magnifying glass. Who am I kidding? I couldn’t get out of there without buying a basket weaving set.
The kids turned in their Junior Ranger workbooks….
…and got yet another Junior Ranger badge. I’ve honestly lost track of how many they have, collectively. I think we might put them up on a corkboard at our next house.