To distract myself from that sad thought, I thought I'd share our hike from Saturday with you. This time we went to Sand Ridge State Forest. I was worried in the morning that we wouldn't get to go, since it was raining like crazy, but it let up and off we went. It was pretty cool, because we were just about the only ones hiking there today, and it really felt like we were taking a stroll through the woods instead of walking on a marked trail like some of the places we've been.
A turkey must have thought it was a good idea to use the trail, too, since we saw his footprints in the sand. Morgan and I were hoping maybe we could get things all set for Thanksgiving dinner, but that wily bird stayed out of our sight. I know he was out there nearby, though. Actually, there were a lot of animals nearby, because we heard a lot of rustling in the trees. We were glad to have our bright colored backpacks, too, because there were a few hunters out, but we only heard gunshots once from far off in the distance.
There are some unusual plants that grow in the forest, too. These are plants that normally grow in desert areas. Many people come looking for the prickly pear cacti that grow here. There are also badger, silvery bladderpod and pocket gopher. There's also a nature preserve nearby where people come to see a lot of different songbirds and butterflies, but dogs and horses aren't allowed in there, so we skipped that small part.