Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Mary S. Young Park

It's become an annual tradition for our homeschool group to have a park day at Mary S. Young Park in West Linn.  We meet at the beach and the kids spend many happy hours swimming and exploring the little islands which are revealed when the water level is at its summertime low.  It's one of the few places in the area which offers lovely wildflower displays late into the summer.  This year we found the water levels especially low, making spots for young kids to safely swim easy to find.  The park is forested, and trails lead downhill to the beach. Trails are not generally marked within the park, but the city has trail maps on their website which can be helpful.

The kids love catching crawdads.
Field mint scents the air.
Purple loosestrife.
Bird's foot trefoil.
Mayweed.
Morning glory.
Lady's thumb.
Evening primrose.
Cinquefoil.
Spotted knapweed.
Queen Anne's lace.
Douglas' spiraea.

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