I wanted to sniff everything around the parking lot but Mommy said if I wanted to hike the pond loop, which is one mile, I needed to get on the trail. Otherwise sunset would come along and we'd run out of time. So we got out onto the trail and headed for the pond loop.
This was new.
It is a straight line of mowed prairie starting at the parking lot and following an underground gas pipeline all the way through the preserve. We aren't sure what is going on, but it sure was ugly.
After the ugly mowed scar we hiked to the little ponds. There are still some waterfowl hanging out in the ponds, but I didn't see any sign of Mr. Muskrat.
We're pretty sure the duck on the right is a female mallard, but we don't know what the duck on the left is. We think it might be a female blue winged teal. Here she is bigified:
Not a mallard
After the ponds you loop back onto the regular trail and then we had to head back to the car because our time was running out. The rangers drive around and lock up the parking lots around sunset and you don't know which park is going to be first and which is last.
Some color is starting to appear in the west
The ranger wasn't in the lot and the sky wasn't pink yet so Mommy suggested we hike five minutes the other way and then turn around, but I decided I was tired and wanted to go back to the car. So we ended the hike there.
Miles hiked by me: 1. Miles riding in stroller: 0. Total miles: 1.