Our theme for the week is nesting birds. With this in mind, our hike this week needed to be in a good spot for some bird watching. We have a nature reserve on Almö which is not too far. This is a long strip of land, and about half way down there is a bay with a good view of an island that is a protected bird area. The perfect place to do some bird watching. There is a hiking route that runs the length of Almö. We have hiked the top third, and the bottom third independently, but never the middle third (always been a little too far for little legs, and being a linear walk, we have had to turn around to walk back at about the 2.5km mark).
The map shows the length of Almö, and the red dot (where we were stood at the time) is roughly where we stopped for our bird watching, hot food made in a fire pit, and a lot of play in nature’s playground! Just below the red dot on the map is the ringed island that is the protected bird area (one of many in the area). There were a few information boards around as well, that would help us identify anything we saw. We have been lucky to see sea eagles in the past, there was even one in our garden tree looking very out of place when I returned from school once (there is a lot of wildlife around us, and we do get to see a wide variety very easily), but today, everyone was hiding! The children did have fun using their binoculars though, even if mini man no.1 was pointing them into the sea rather than at the bird island!
After hiking to the spot, and then bird watching for a while, it was time to enjoy some hot food. My little lady helped with the food preparation (guarantees it gets eaten with less fuss!), while I lit the fire.
The children then let off a lot of steam climbing trees, clambering over rocks, finding nature made fortresses to play in, and trying to persuade me that we really could take the largest stick ever home in the car. It always amazes me how little energy they sometimes have whilst actually walking, and then when we stop, they have enough energy to climb Mount Everest! We stayed put for about an hour, just letting them immerse themselves in nature and their own imaginary and creative outdoor play – the best type there is!!
Much fun was had by all, lots of energy was burnt off, and our bellies were full! The only hiccup was that we didn’t manage to locate the only geocache in the area (a nano one), but that’s to try again another day 🙂