Over Winter break our friends took us over to Santa Cruz/Natural Bridges State Park.
Which is world-renowned for its yearly migration of monarch butterflies.
Visitors can see thousands during the butterflies’ peak season.
It was pretty neat to see these beautiful, whimsical beasts in the wilderness. When you walk down the small canyon, you see a bunch of eucalyptus trees which at first the branches look like a bunch of dead orange, brown leaves...A closer look, they are actually tons of monarch butterflies huddling up together within the leaves to keep warm. It was really amazing, especially if you have never seen them before.
When they felt brave enough you would see sudden bursts of fluttering
butterflies throughout the canyon above you. magical really.
And perhaps you would be "lucky" enough to capture a glimpse of one really close up.
Like this sweet fella, who was much obliged to have his picture taken.
Our little group ventured around and took a nice little walk through trails and found an open area where people had built tee pees with fallen branches. The kids loved it and even built one of their very own. Freckles loved every minute of it.
We also took a walk down to the beach area to see the ocean,
the awesome Natural Bridge in the water and the tide pools.