Thalia wanted to go to the Redwoods today. She really wanted to find - and KISS - a banana slug. I told her, "No problem, there's always lots of banana slugs." I was wrong.
We hiked around, totally enjoying the hike - which is about a mile or a little more. It was foggy outside, but was absolutely beautiful in the redwood forest.
We kept hiking, kept looking...no banana slugs. Along the way, I took pictures, lots of pictures...to the tune 0f 95 pictures. I'll send a CD of all of them home with Josh, but I'm just choosing some of my favorites for this post.
You can't find anything much more beautiful than a redwood forest. I am in awe that a 7 1/2 year old finds the beauty of nature like Thalia does.
We were both a little disappointed because there were absolutely NO banana slugs to be found. But as Thalia said, it was OK "because the forest is just so beautiful. " Lady Bird Johnson Grove makes a loop, and we had made the loop and were on our way out - already having passed the section we were on - when Thalia spotted this gorgeous creature. We were both absolutely delighted. She kissed and kissed the banana slug. When I went to kiss it, I had it up against my lips but Thalia wanted my lips in a KISSING POSITION. Then she took the photo of my lips on the slug! What a fun day it was!
After showering the banana slug with kisses, Thalia set him (or her?) on her face and let the slug slither wherever it wanted to go, which happened to be on Thalia's eye.
As we were close to leaving, walking between 2 HUGE redwoods, Thalia said, "Mimi, LOOK UP!" This is what we saw: