on saturday our family adventured to ridgefield national wildlife refuge, just over the border in washington. the landscape reminded us of our dear old midwest, with prairie and deciduous trees and open expanse. we fell so in love that josh has gone back the past three days since then, and the kids and i returned yesterday after our school studies were done.
between our two visits we encountered great egrets, a great blue heron, barn swallows, blue-winged teals, canada geese, mallards, ospreys, prairie falcons, western painted turtles, wooly bear caterpillars, and even a coyote! (here is the extensive list of wildlife to be sighted at this serene spot)