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Taking our new car to Shaw Nature Reserve
 
 
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There she is, our new Scion XD. Ilaria and I leased a new car, because we feel strongly that we'd always like to have a car under warranty, so we don't have to worry fixing it. It also allows us to always have a car with the latest safety features.
 
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Thanks to Ilaria, we picked up our car over a month after we arrived in Saint Louis, because they didn't have a blue one with vehicle stability control; we had to wait for Toyota to ship a blue one from Japan.
 
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When we picked up the car it had 4 miles or so on the odometer. By the time we left for our non-errand trip in our new car we were up to 13.
 
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Our first road trip was to Shaw Nature Reserve.
 
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Jill Manchester, the lab manager in the lab I work in lives nearby
 
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and told us that this weekend was when the daffodils were going to be blooming (thanks for the tip Jill!).
 
tulip show
As a bonus, we also learned that there was a daffodil show that day as well.
 
tulip show prize
We saw some pretty
 
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fancy
 
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daffodils.
 
field of tulips
Near the daffodils show as a field
 
Ilaria with tulips
with lots
 
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and lots
 
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of
 
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daffodils.
 
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The nature reserve has lots of trails, so we set out to hike a few. We walked right by this pond,
 
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and when we turned around there was a couple taking lots of pictures with a fancy camera. Turns out we walked right by a woodpecker
 
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and some
 
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turtles.
 
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The trail was nice but not too challenging.
 
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Here was the most
 
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difficult part.
 
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With the simple task
 
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of not
 
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stumbling and getting your feet wet (the kids in front of us really liked this part).
 
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There was a random
 
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tepee
 
tepee
on the trail.
 
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We'd been pummeled by rain in Missouri for the last few weeks, so some of the trails were under water and the stream through the park looked like the Mississippi.
 
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Overall it was a nice simple trip, a good chance to test out our new Scion (it performed brilliantly), and to see some of the nature around St. Louis.