Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Springs Preserve

Yesterday I took my niece Sydney out for a field trip to the Springs Preserve. This is the first time I have had time outside of the house with Sydney. We had a great time exploring the preserve and Nevada's history

Sydney had a great time pushing the buttons on the exhibits this one was her favorite when she pushed the button faucets came on and turned dirt into mud (showing the effects of rain water run off on the deserts land scape.)
There were several caves and tunnels to explore she was very timid to enter each one but one she did she loved looking at all of the exhibits and animals some were behind glass and some where sculptures to touch and feel. Once and animal startled her she would start pointing at its nose and eyes then she relaxed. Her favorite animal was a sleeping kit fox. She curled into me and cuddled then pointed to the fox sleeping!
There was a wall with water running down it. She had a great time touching the cool water . She the wall for over 15 minutes in wonder.
We then headed to the garbage pit. She had a great time digging in the sand. She was not to worried about finding the garbage in the sand, but she sure loved dumping the sand.

Then we wondered into the old town . There were large foam blocks to put onto peg walls. She had a great time wrangling the big blocks.
Finally it was time to go hiking into the desert gardens. She had a great time walking and exploring.

The gardens were filled with scarecrows made with recycled materials . Here are some of my favorites. Look close there is a Chef, Steelers fan, Golfer, and The Grim Gardener

The view of Las Vegas from the Spring Preserve.My favorite garden pictures

At the end of our trip we stopped at the gift shop Sydney picked this turtle it was instant love. She kissed and hugged him the rest of the day. She would not give the cashier "Turtle" long enough to scan she had to get a different one.

Right before we left we found this atrium with blue and green recycled glass. It made the perfect background for my beautiful blue eyed niece. I was so lucky to spend the day with Sydney she is finally getting old enough to get out and have fun making special memories and adventures.


Kristen said...

Beautiful pictures... I love both of your eyes! It's too bad I never got there when I lived our there!

Chrissy said...

It looks like you guys had a great time! Thanks for taking her for the day. Oh and the pictures are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

TOOOOOOO CUTE!!! seems like yesterday when she was born! love her hair.. :) thanks for sharing fun times with Auntie! :)