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Mosquitoes and Wild Purple Flowers (An Evening Nature Walk)

How was your weekend? We ended up staying home for most of the weekend. I had planned on attending a couple of events in Detroit, but I wasn’t feeling very well. I am transitioning off of my anxiety/depression medications, and over the weekend, the side effects were kicking my butt.

On Sunday, I couldn’t take it anymore and decided to try something different– a nature walk. It seems kind of silly, but it was actually really challenging for me to do the nature walk.

You see, some of the side effects I experienced from the medicine is feeling dizzy and disoriented. Simple movements like just turning my head made me feel like I just got off of a merry-go-round! I needed the fresh air so I decided to push through the bad symptoms.

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We love our parks!

We picked a nature trail close to our neighborhood. Travis said he had found one a while ago and thought it would be a good spot. The kids were excited when we told them we were going on a nature walk. Zhen immediately ran to pack snacks and toys to take with her.

We loaded the van up with blankets, hoodies, snacks, and water bottles. Anytime we go anywhere with our kids, it always feels like we’re going on a road trip because of all of the stuff we have to take with us! Ha!

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Selife time with my love Zhen!

The walking trail was a beautiful spot, but there was only one thing wrong with it. MOSQUITOES!!

As soon as we stepped into the woods, a group of mosquitoes swarmed around each of us.

EACH OF US!

WE EACH HAD A SWARM OF MOSQUITOES AROUND US! It was that bad!

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I don’t know much about how “mosquito control” works, but it wasn’t working! The mosquitoes were so bad when we went on our walk.
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I used mosquito repellant AND I wore my hoodie to protect my skin from mosquitoes!

So we turned around to get the mosquito spray from the van, but to our dismay, we had forgotten the repellant at home.

Travis suggested we take a different route on the trail in hopes there wouldn’t be as many mosquitoes.

I didn’t want to even go back in there without an armor of mosquito repellant coated on our exposed skin and clothing. LOL! So we reloaded the van with the kids and our gear and went back home to get the mosquito repellant.

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I love park scenes like this!
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Park views.
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Thankfully, we were back at the walking trail in less than 20 minutes. We drenched ourselves with mosquito repellant and headed back to the trail.

Well, everyone that is except for Travis. He had his own theory on how to keep the mosquitoes away.

Something about a tactic he tried when he was in the Army and had to go on ruck marches (a very long road march where the Soldiers had to carry heavy gear).

*ROLLING MY EYES* (I swear my husband is so stubborn! He was attacked by the mosquitoes the ENTIRE time we were there!)

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Zhen took a photo of Travis and me at the park.

Upon beginning our nature walk, Zhen discovered a map of the walking trail. I made a mental note to create a map unit for our homeschool and revisit the walking trail to make a real-life connection with maps.

Zhen was excited to find fallen leaves on the ground. “Look a big leaf! Does that mean it’s time for Fall?!”

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Zhen checking out the trail map.
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Zhen was excited to find leaves on the ground. She’s ready for the Fall.

We also played a pretend game of finding the wild animals in the woods. Zhen liked to find fallen trees and pretend they were animals.

“That’s a triceratops!” she yelled out pointing to a log with a pointy end. It really did look like a triceratops, too!

“There’s a rhinoceros,” she said pointing to another long log.

I had to lean in close to look at the log because I couldn’t see the rhinoceros at first. I squinted my eyes and looked the log over and then I saw a bulky part sticking out of the log. It looked like it could be the horn of the rhinoceros.

“Ohhh! I see it, Zhen! There really is a rhinoceros.”

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Playing pretend and finding wild animals in the woods.
Is it a rhino out there?!
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Zhen: “Look! It’s a triceratops!”

We examined spiderwebs under the trunk of a fallen tree. We admired the purple, white, and yellow flowers we found. One flower reminded us of snowflakes.

The boys snacked on Ritz crackers and trail mix while Travis pulled them in the wagon. Zhen asked me if she could use my cellphone to take pictures.

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Travis said this photo of myself looks like a campaign ad. “Jennifer for U.S. Senate!” he exclaimed. LOL! He’s silly.

At the end of our walk, I told Travis in the Fall we have to visit at least one location in Michigan that is known for beautiful Autumn sceneries.

(If you know of any beautiful Michigan spots for the Fall, please let me know!)

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Travis pulling the boys in the wagon.
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Zephaniah and Zechariah enjoying a snack on our evening nature walk.
Michigan walking trails

I always feel like Fall goes by very quickly in Michigan. You blink and it’s gone. Does it ever feel that way to you, too?

Sunday’s nature walk was calming and peaceful. Sadly, it didn’t make my bad symptoms go away, but it did help some. Despite having to push through feeling dizzy, it made me feel happy to be outdoors and admire nature.

Except for the damn mosquitoes. That’s one part of nature I can do without!


MORE PHOTOS FROM OUR NATURE WALK

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My beautiful Zhen
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Zhen took a photo of me. Peace!
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Bike views at the park.
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Love writings.
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Snowflakes.
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Yellow flowers.
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Wild purple flowers.
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Peace.
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Zhen snapped this photo of a man riding his bike.
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Light and Shadow. Photo by Zhen
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Love.
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Family love.

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All photographs are by Jennifer Hamra for Good Life Detroit.

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