Monday, September 14, 2015

Western North Carolina Nature Center

I took off an extra day to celebrate Sierra's third birthday with family. We decided to head over to Asheville to do some exploring. Our first stop was the delicious Ultimate Ice cream. I had vanilla cherry chocolate chip and it was yummy! Sierra enjoyed her mint chocolate chip. (And some of Mommy's too!)
ice cream
After ice cream, we headed over to the Western North Carolina Nature Center. We had all been there before, as we had visited as part of Sierra's first birthday celebration. This time Sierra was able to enjoy the animals and interactive exhibits a bit more.

We started off passing through a garden area and inside to some reptiles and amphibians. There was an interesting pine snake that liked to dig in the sandy soil in its terrarium. Then we headed outside to the otters. There is an "otter slide" that Sierra took advantage of.
sliding Sierra
Unfortunately, the otters were sleepy when we arrived
sleeping otter
and so we moved on to the barnyard animals.
farmer Grandpas
Near the poultry palace is a huge egg that Sierra posed inside.
Sierra in egg
We petted a goat and looked at the newly sheared sheep, before heading over to check out the bears.

After observing the two bored-looking bears
and checking out some birds of prey, we headed over to the spider web climbing area.
spider Mommy
I had fun climbing around on the webs, as did Sierra and Noelle.
from above
climbing Sierra
Once we got the climbing out of our system we checked out the gray and red wolves.
Pop Pop wolf
Then we headed to the nature play area where Sierra played some music on wooden blocks.
playing music

We decided to go back and check out the otters again, and I'm glad we did. It was feeding time when we arrived.
feeding otter
We watched the two otters eat and then swim around in the water for a bit. Finally, we headed over to the large turtle statue to have some family photos taken.
family on turtle 2
grandparents and turtle
We left as the nature center closed at 5 pm and then headed over to Sierra Nevada for dinner and, of course, some beer. After eating, we went to check out the Backporch
Sierra Nevada backporch
and the pleasant organic gardens.

Update of March 20, 2016:

Today was to have been our last family trip to Asheville for a while, as we prepare to move to Minnesota. Unfortunately, Noelle was not feeling well, and so Sierra and I made the trip by ourselves. As we made the drive across the mountains it became apparent that Sierra was not feeling herself either. We made the best of our day though and headed back to the Western North Carolina Nature Center. Many of the animals seemed to be quite inactive. We looked at the birds of prey
Sierra red tailed hawk
and other animals and had the opportunity to hike on the Trillium Cove Trail for the first time.
Sierra on Trail
We were just a bit too early to see some of the wildflowers in bloom, but we did see some emerging mayapple,
some bloodroot that was about to bloom,
and a few other early wildflowers that I am unable to identify.
unknown flower

1 comment:

luksky said...

Happy Birthday Sierra!