On Saturday, we tossed the new wheelchair in the car and headed out to Lake Temescal, a local park that we had never visited before. The staff at the park advised us that the paved path only extended halfway around the lake, and that there were stairs. But we were feeling stubborn and unwilling to accept limitations, and besides, this new wheelchair was supposed to be enable Robb to travel on trails. We circumnavigate the entire lake. Of course the joggers probably got tired of passing us, but that's too bad for them!
Although it was an overcast day, lots of people were out enjoying themselves.
The ducks were chomping on duckweed.
A Black Crowned Night Heron was showing off his lovely toes. (I adore these big birds. They look like grumpy footballs.)
The autumn influx of gigantic spiders was underway. I think these are a variety of Orb Weaver or Cross Spiders. (See the cross on their backs?) They were apparently an introduced species from Europe. The bodies of these spiders (not counting the legs) are almost an inch long. They're BIG!
I imagine these huge varmints are here year-round, but we see loads of them at the end of summer.
The spiders were mostly living in the blackberry bushes.
And we enjoyed a few berries, ourselves.
We wondered about some of the other berries.
As well as the plants. Is this the California Q-Tip plant? I'm shamefully bad at California plant identification.
But it turns out that we are pretty good at riding on trails. I still need to perfect the technique for dragging the wheelchair up a flight of stairs. All in all, it was a yummy outing!