December 1, 2013

Family Trip to the Fullerton Arboretum

Over the weekend we had a lot of time on our hands in Orange County, so a trip to the pretty darn close Fullerton Arboretum seemed like a great idea.  We've been there a few times before and I kick myself for taking so long to introduce Kayla to it in the first place.  If you find yourself in this area on a nice day (which is sort of normal) I highly recommend a visit.  It's CRAZY kid-friendly and packed with nooks, trees and bridges to explore plus lots of animals and butterflies to spot.

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Kayla is always eager to pop our donation into the little metal tube at the entrance.  No, you don't have to contribute $3 a person, technically it's on the honor system and I totally understand if you have a big family it might get out of hand.  I see it as a give what you can situation.

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Right after we walked in we spotted a giant fish in a pond and these turtles sunbathing.  On any given day you will see lots of turtles and at least a few ducks.

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Not too long after the turtles came a milkweed plant that was home to a bunch of monarch butterfly caterpillars.  Which if course Kayla and her friends we were visiting with loved and had to be told a few times not to touch.

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Then came some very impressive flowers that little miss just had to smell.

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And and impromptu race up the "mountain" and back down with dad.

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There is a giant tree that has a "slide" on it.  Okay, it's not really a slide, but the roots are so massive that to a 4 year old it literally is a slide, but better since of course it's a tree.

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Many slides later we found this random funky plant.  I have no idea what it is.  If you do please enlighten me!  I called it a fuzzy lion snout because seriously, don't you just want to sew that on a lion costume?

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And Kayla found the biggest leaf ever.

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Until of course she found an ever BIGGER one.  It was huge. We don't have a single deciduous tree near us so the joy of fallen leaves was overwhelming.

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And apparently there is some sort of special children's garden that we had missed on visits past.  Don't miss it, it's filled with cool things.

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Like scavenger hunts and giant bales of hay.  Which children of all sizes can enjoy.

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ALL sizes and levels of maturity.  We spent about 2 hours roaming through the Fullerton Arboretum and certainly could have gone longer if extreme hunger hadn't set in.  There were a few little picnics going on but we were off to support Small Business Saturday at Pieology which is a total gem of a pizza place.

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With all that we saw and did I think my favorite moment of the day was this one.  Two little friends conspiring in cuteness to hide out under the citrus trees.  Oh to be four again...
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