Outdoor Mom – April 2017


Outdoor Mom April 2017

Outdoor Mom’s Journal

April 2017

The past month has been a month of wildflowers. Coming out of the wettest winter in our memory, we are so grateful for the green sprouting grass and the pops of springtime color.

Spring House Yard

It has been a time of yard work as well. We listed our house on the market so that meant a whole yard tidy and sprucing up. I weeded and weeded until my hands were sore and I still didn’t get them all.

Point Mugu HIke Wildflowers 1

Last week we flew to Southern California to meet up with my son who was out from New York to be in a friend’s wedding. What did we do with our time together? We hiked of course! I realized we could take advantage of the “super bloom” of wildflowers and using Instagram search, we found a place near where my son was staying to visit for a long afternoon hike in the hills.

Point Mugu HIke Wildflowers 2

Point Mugu was a perfect place to hike right along Hwy 1 on the coastline of California. You start at the day use parking lot and head up the hill on the fire road. Masses of wildflowers covered the hillside!

Point Mugu HIke Wildflowers 3

We could identify many of the flowers and the others I have images of to use with a field guide. I quizzed my son about flower names and he remembered quite a few which made my Outdoor Mom heart happy. Don’t be fooled…they are paying attention even when they don’t act like it.

I have been struggling with keeping up with my nature journal but I am determined to keep my page a week goal. Look for my nature journal entry later this month or follow me on Instagram for my Wednesday nature journal posts.

Oregon river

Many of you have heard by now that we sold our house in California and we will be moving next month to Central Oregon. I am so excited to start learning about my new habitat along the Little Deschutes River. I am going to try to keep up my posting routine here on the Handbook of Nature Study so hopefully you will not notice much difference here on the blog except for the topics I will be covering in my nature journal.




How Do You Join?

Answer all or just one of the prompts in a blog entry on your own blog or right here on my blog in a comment. If you answer on your blog, make sure to leave me a link in a comment so that I can pop over and read your responses.

  • During our outdoor time this week we went….
  • The most inspiring thing we experienced was…
  • Our outdoor time made us ask (or wonder about)…
  • In the garden, we are planning/planting/harvesting….
  • I added nature journal pages about….
  • I am reading…
  • I am dreaming about…
  • A photo I would like to share…


  1. Amy Rohrer says:

    Welcome to Oregon! What city? Sounds like you’re south. My dad lives in Spray on the John Day River near the fossil beds and the painted hills – a must see! He owns and runs the only motel in town so if you head up that way stop in and say hi. His site is http://www.riverbendmotel.com. We visited the painted hills last fall for the first time and they are beautiful! Welcome!

  2. Sounds like a busy spring with moving, but how exciting to have a new neighborhood to explore! I joined in the Outdoor Mom’s Journal here: http://www.middlewaymom.com/homeschool-mothers-journal-apr17/

  3. Your yard looks beautiful with the colorful flowers! The hike you took where all the wildflowers were in blooms looked amazing. So many colors hidden in the grasses. Congratulations on moving. Oregon is such a beautiful part of the country.

    If you’d like to see my Outdoor Mom’s Journal for April, it is here: href=” http://harvestmoonbyhand.blogspot.com/2017/04/outdoor-moms-journal-april.html“> Outdoor Mom’s Journal – April.

Add Your Comment