|a little bit hard to find - just past the bridge over Rainbow Creek|
|starting out with enthusiasm|
If visitors to the Orchard are planning to walk in via the long, dusty driveway from the road, this small, shady hike is a much more pleasant alternative. Even bikes can be left at the "trail head" and the coolness of a walk along the creek is the reward for choosing the path less traveled.
|one of the many little bridges on Buckner Lane|
|a resting spot along the stroll into the Buckner Orchard|
|Right after I said, "don't let your croc fall in the creek", and just |
before I had to race along the irrigation creek to try to capture the floating croc!
If strolling with children, a contest to see whose twig can travel from one small bridge to the next can be an fun competition. Counting the bridges, or benches, or downed trees along the way help to teach powers of observation and get the children to engage with their surroundings. It's not uncommon to see deer in the area, or squirrels, woodpeckers and other birds, too.
|'Here comes my stick!"|