Soon we were off in the woods on our own and Rob actually managed to do a little field work while the boys and I bushwacked around and played with sticks. Whether or not they'd been inspired by the firing ranges we passed on the way, Will and Owen quickly turned many of the sticks to weapons as they shouted "boom boom" in chorus.
Will stopped to smell lots of flowers, and he helped daddy reel in some measuring tape.
We saw a live rattle snake from the truck and enjoyed a picnic by a pond before heading for home. Maybe we'll make working with daddy on labor day an annual tradition -- as long as he's still got some field work in his job description.