We had such fun together during the drive! Music was playing, we were talking, laughing, and thoroughly enjoying our time together. Our first stop was a gas station to pick up some hot chocolate to enjoy (and help keep us warm! as while we bird watch at the conservation area, the windows are often down.) What came out of the machine into our cups, though, was brown tinged water - the machine wasn't working! So . . . nix that idea.
We continued on our way and eventually, pulled into the entrance to the conservation area. There we stopped to look at a large flock of swans that were in a harvested cornfield way in the distance. That was a treat to see! It was the most swans we had ever seen at one time before.
They are the white specks way in the distance
Driving further on in order to get closer to them, we were met with a blocked road, stop signs, and a sign saying the area was closed for duck hunting. Our sister outing was quickly coming to not much of anything!
Me photographing (photo courtesy of Leah's cell phone)
We had a lot of fun here! Soaking in the beauty and the cold, and as it was quite still out, it was also pleasant just listening to the ice and water flowing.
Ice on the river . . . the circle one looks almost like someone could just sit on it and use it as a boat and float downstream!
Leah up at the top of the bank
As much as we enjoyed our time there, one can only stand watching a river flow for so long :), so we headed home, but on a scenic gravel road which was fun. As we drove away from the river, it was neat to see another flock of swans fly overhead!
The gravel road winding through the woods of barren trees . . . such a peaceful, pleasant drive!