hiking

Weekend hike

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We've been trying to get out on a good hike as a family at least once a week. This time we went to a trail that we haven't been on in years. It was nice to be back there and visit some of our favorite places again.

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We were able to collect quite a few items for the latest nature pal exchange. We also saw many Native American pottery pieces and chips from flintknapping.

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Just a sample of what we found.


Wild explorers club

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If you haven't already heard of Wild Explorers Club, you are missing out. This new program has been the answer to some of our prayers. We don't have a scout program that we feel comfortable being a part of in our town, yet we always wanted a similar program for our kids to participate in. Luckily this came along at just the right time for Jack.

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He eagerly awaits the assignment each week and it has given us yet another excuse to spend more time out in nature doing what we love.

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It's great to see him thoughtfully  go above and beyond for each assignment.

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Miss Cairo got her own Wild Explorer badge for her backpack since she accompanies us on all of our adventures.

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For his birthday I gave him a special present with more items for his explorer pack and a little note telling him how much I have enjoyed our adventures together.

 

He has recently completed the first badge, wolf. I will post how we celebrated next week.

 


Sunday hike.

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This week we went to one of our favorite places to collect and forage.

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Our first stop is always the apple trees. They weren't quite ready this time.

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Jack was thrilled to find so many ferns. He has been learning a lot with Apologia Botany and has been having fun finding and identifying so many different types of plants.

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Taking a break in the campground gazebo. Always a lovely spot to stop and watch for wildlife.

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Taking a snack break on our favorite rock. It's fun to look back through the years and see how many pictures I have taken of the kids on this rock.

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A short hike down to a little creek. We found lots of moss and the boys collected different samples to bring back for a project they are working on.

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We were able to collect some prickly pear fruit for Jack, along with some pine cones and acorns.

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After every hike this happens. The pup falls asleep in his arms. Too cute.

Thanks for being patient with me while I get back in the groove.


California trip part two

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The next day was Jack's 10th birthday!  We had to get a few supplies in Reno before we headed out. The boys were a little cold the first night so we bought two extra sleeping bags so they could double up if needed.

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You could tell as soon as we hit California. The sagebrush scenery was replaced with trees, lots of them.

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We made it to Lassen Volcanic park in time for a late lunch.  It was really neat learning about the different types of volcanoes and geologic features of the park. We did one hike, Bumpass Hell, while we were in the park.

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We made it down to the mud pots and vents. It was very stinky!

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We decided not to stay at the top of Lassen that night as it was already windy and cold.  We drove down the other side of the park and found a campground. 

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We had to have some cupcakes to celebrate the big birthday. I was glad I threw a few candles in my backpack.  We sang happy birthday around the fire and enjoyed our cupcakes.

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Jack was amazed how big the cones were.

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Before leaving the campground the next day we did some laundry and took showers. Nice perk.

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We stopped at Whiskey Creek lake for lunch that day.

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And by that night we made it to Humboldt Redwoods state park.

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This was our first view of the trees since we arrived after dark.

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The boys explored after camp was set up. We also saw a fox run through the edge of our camp, but he was too quick for pictures.

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Greeting the redwoods the next morning. I'll cover more of the redwoods in my next post.

 


Fossil hunting

Yesterday, we had the opportunity to head out on an adventure with some of our friends. We visited two of my favorite places. The first was the fossilized oyster bed in The Grand Staircase National Monument.

 

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The last time we were hear Jack was just a toddler. He has always been my rock guy so I knew he would love to visit here.

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There are so many fossils out here, it really is amazing. 

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The geology of the area was amazing.  Talisa is taking a geology class right now in college and it was great to have her along. She was able to explain some of the things we noticed.

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We found this layer of coal. Which brought up all sorts of questions that we are looking in to.  It crumbled really easily, but the colors are a match to some  of the rock that my husband uses for flintknapping. 

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After we had explored for a while, we headed over to the Paria Canyon. The colors in the canyon walls are amazing.

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We found the cemetary.

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Our last stop was the Paria River.  It is so beautiful here.

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It was a beautiful day, spent with wonderful friends. Can't wait to do it again!

 


A survival class with our co-op

We recently were invited to a survial class for our co-op taught by one of our members. We had a beautiful setting at a Native American gathering site near out town.

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At the site they are working to recreate the typical homes from different tribes.

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Jack made quick friends with the caretaker.  In this picture she is showing him how to use white willow bark for a painful sliver in his finger.

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I wasn't able to get many pictures that I can share on the hike, they all have other kids in them.  We went for a short hike and as we did our teacher/guide told us a story about a young boy trying to survive back  in the days before the area was settled.  He told us some very basic survival rules.   The kids practiced getting water by digging in the sand next to the creek. 

When we got back to camp, the kids were able to take turns shooting a bow, which was fun.

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It was a fun day with our friends and we were so glad to have the opportunity to go.  

  One word of advice, I would always verify and double check any advice or teachings about survival.  One time my daughter was with a group on an edible plant walk and they told them that it was okay to eat a very dangerous plant. My daughter came home and asked my husband who was able to verify that it was poisonous and she called the leader of the group. I'm not sure they even passed the info along to the other girls.  I've also been in classes where they tell them two different things that are contradicting each other.  I've had animals and habitats that were identified wrong. I would also urge you to find a survival class for kids that doesn't teach using fear based instruction. Sorry, pet peeve.


another hike

We've been taking advantage of the wonderful weather, hubby's time off, and a reasonable schedule this week to spend lots of time outdoors.  Today we went for a hike on top of the radio tower hill in the middle of town.

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Our house is somewhere in the middle of that picture. See the snow? A month later and we still have snow? That is unheard of around here.  Also can you see how high we are? Yeah I had a hard time looking over that edge.

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Looks like an altar of collected rubbish from the hill.

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It was fun getting out with my boys again.


first time

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It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
~Teddy Roosevelt

Scenes from the weekend.

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A whole lot of yard work happening right now. 1/2 acre + sunflowers dying+multiple group activities happening at teh house this month+ a hot summer= lots of burning.

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Harvesting from the garden. Peppers, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, birdhouse gourds, watermelon, cantaloupe, hot peppers.

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A hike with my boys. We found some fall!

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And on the same rock about five  years ago...

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Where have we been?

We've been here. Yes, we have been busy.  We have been having fun. I haven't had the time, or made the time, for the blog.   So here I am a couple of weeks later trying to ease my way back into it.  Pictures do a good job of that, right? 

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Water wars at park.

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18th birthday party and silly string wars.  I didn't get near enough pictures for this.

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Learning about Matisse.

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The farm with friends.

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The mountains with friends.

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TEDed videos.

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Creating art with nature.

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Celebrating 8!

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Birthday party.

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Birthday cake.

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Art class for me!

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Which means lots of new jewelry.

It's been a very full two weeks!

 


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This weekend we took the opportunity of everyone having the day off and headed to one of our favorite spots.

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"It's the biggest wish flower I've ever seen!"

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We had a fun day. Great to be up in the mountains again.

On the list for this week:

  • science notebook and art portfolio for homeschool
  • finish up menu plan and do shopping that is needed.
  • start stocking freezer- school starts next week, time to do some baking and stock the freezer for quick breakfasts and snacks.
  • natural cleaner class- email supply lists, finish trying out recipes, and clean my house (it's a never ending project)
  • finish any school shopping
  • would love to fit in one last trip tot he mountains or to our favorite pool.

What is on your list?


scenes from the weekend.

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A big birthday/ a water fight/ foraging for berries/ time in the creek/ petroglyphs/first camp out in the backyard.

A good weekend for welcoming summer.  We have been very busy and I have missed this space.  I mentioned a big garden project in the works and last week it kind of grew wings and started taking flight. Zac and I are starting a co-op for our neighborhood. It started with gardening and kind of grew. We wanted a placed to trade veggies locally and help each other garden.  From there we decided to add in some workshops, classes, service projects and the like. We are trying to bring our immediate community closer together and provide learning and mentoring opportunities.   Word got around that I was planning it and well I couldn't put it off any longer. So this coming Saturday is our first meeting. I have no idea how many people will come and I really have no idea what I am doing.  But this week I will be making sign up sheets, printing calendars, cleaning my backyard, planting some seeds, cleaning my house and baking some goodies. I would appreciate any good thoughts you can send my way. This is a huge step out of my comfort zone.  

Also on the list for the week:

  • learning- still chipping away at the Spanish and math
  • the pool
  • laser tag- Jack has a certificate for a free game for his reading achievements that he would like to use.
  • date with Zac
  • the Avengers
  • learners permit for Alex
  • All the teens are working this week
  • a baseball game
  • organizing my mess of a desk
  • try not to start anymore projects this week
  • harvest some herbs
  • go back to the vegan diet after a decidedly non vegan birthday party
  • ACT test this weekend for Talisa.

What is on your list?

 


pre-history

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Yesterday  we headed up to the local national park for pre-history craft day. Every year Zac and a few other pre-history enthusiasts set up a demonstration in the courtyard outside the vistor's center and teach people about the natives around the area.

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The tables include all different kinds of replicas. They are all avid flintknappers.

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These effigies (?) are awesome. I am planning on making some myself. I would like to make some and paint them also.  They look fun!

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Jack jumped right in and started teaching people about the arrowheads. He was a natural. The ranger asked if he would like to come work there. It was also evident that he was very proud of his dad.  We all are. One of the other guys asked me what I thought of my husbands hobbies. I told him I was actually very impressed by them. The attention to detail and patience involved amazes me.

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That is a fish basket on the table that someone made.

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Sorry for the dark pictures. I was using my old camera since it is lighter and better for hiking. They were also making sandals out of yucca plants, cordage out of yucca, and Zac helped two of our little friends make arrows using his arrowheads.

After spending some time at the demo we headed up the canyon to take one of our favorite hikes.

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The cool canyon water was a welcome relief at the top of the hike.

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It was a really fun day.

 

 

 


rock hunting

This past Sunday we headed out on a rock hunt to start our rock study.

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First we found a lizard. We call this a horny toad. I'm sure it has a more official name.

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Then it was down the wash for the rock hunt. I scored three nice fossils in this wash.  Jack found some picture stone and other cool rocks. We also saw lots of lizards!

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A different wash- more fossils and lizards.

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Doesn't he have an intense look on his face? Not sure what that was all about.

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Pretty lizard though.

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See what I mean?

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These are some of the fossils and rocks we found.

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What a great start to our rock study.

 

 


January 17 2010

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Today the girls woke up and contiuned on their room cleaning mission, Steven went fishing, and these two boys and I went for a hike down by the river.

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We saw lots of tracks.

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Found lots of rocks.

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And listened to Jack make lots of observations. Definitely a scientist in training.  He's  been watching a lot of River Monster lately. Absolutely cracked me up when he said he figured out how to solve the pirahna problem.  First you catch them, then you take all their teeth out, then they can't bite you they just (insert him making a gumming type motion).

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That's a jaw bone of some sort.

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Ummm...yes I was just taking a picture of the curls. :) Because I know they won't be there forever.

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So grateful for the warm day.


December 28 2010

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Zac and I took an afternoon hike today so that I could mess with the camera a bit more. I am really enjoying the class I am taking. It is getting me to pick up the camera and be deliberate with some of my pictures, which has been a good thing.

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Today I was trying to get a good picture of the contrast between the warm red rocks and the white cold snow.

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I've been a few days behind on the class due to the holidays of course, but also this cold I came down with. No sleep two nights in a row. The first night I was coughing, the second night I took cough syrup and stopped coughing, but also didn't sleep.

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We had fun soaking up some sunshine before the storm comes tomorrow.

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On another note, do you ever feel like you are on the brink of something big? Like something big is about to happen?

 


Sept 14 2010

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This past Saturday we went up north a bit with some friends for that town's rodeo day. We hit the parade in the morning, visited the booths in the park and then headed up on top of the mountain for a bit of hiking.

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At the park we were able to visit the prairie falcon we first met in June. She's all grown up now and is supposed to be released this week.

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My berry pickers.

It was a really fun day. Unfortunately we weren't able to gather enough currant berries to do much with, although there was talk of scones.


May 10 2010

A photo summary of the past few days:

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In short:

the last lacrosse games/tournament of the season. We won the last one and Steven was able to play d-pole and was totally awesome.

While 3 of us were in the other city watching lacrosse and shopping Trader Joes, the other three went lizard hunting.

Mother's day brought more for my cactus collection as well as a hanging fuchsia, which Talisa says looks like fairies.

The garden is starting to go crazy! Look at the lettuce! I really need to spend a few hours out there, soon.

Zac pulled a MacGyver today and fixed the broken lamp I bought 2 years ago. I rearranged the living room and now I can fit more books and have a light to craft by.

Hope you all had a lovely Mother's day and wonderful weekend.


MAY 4 2010

Today Zac was out at the local National Park to do a flint napping demonstration and show some of his native arts. We made a field trip out of it and met some of our friends out there to hike around.

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(those aren't his pots in the picture, but the arrows and bows in the background are his. I just thought the pot was cool.)

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It was a fun, tiring day. Can't wait to do it again soon! And next time without a time limit due to carpools!