Saturday, August 03, 2013

Camping Day 2

We headed to the park on Sunday morning right away.  We picked out two campsites in the Gooseberry Glen campground--exactly where we had stayed before--right outside of the bathroom door.  Though the campground had been completely full for the weekend, many people were already taking down their camps (by Sunday afternoon the campground looked like a ghost town--deserted).  After booking our reservations, we headed out to a park program--this is part of the "I can" series sponsored in Minnesota state parks.  This particular one was about trout fishing.  They provided the poles and we were allowed to fish without licenses (or trout stamps) during the program.  We didn't catch anything, but it was fun to put our bait in the water.  I tried to get pics of everyone, but I suppose I missed Zeke?  And every time I tried to get a close-up of Tirzah, her pole line was tangled.  We didn't catch anything nor see any fish.

After the fishing program we grabbed a snack and went right away to a bird banding program.  That was really neat.  Catching birds made up for not catching any fish! 

The presenters put up a net near the feeders and caught a few birds.  They banded each and then let people from the audience release the birds.  This was really neat for me especially because our boys are studying birds in Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day (Apologia) by Jeanie Fulbright. (yeah, I do look for opportunities to squeeze in school just about anywhere)

 This guy was being funny and "rocked" the bird back and forth in Zeke's hand while pretending to sing a lullaby to put it to sleep.  :)

We caught one bird that was already banded.  The presenters recorded the information in order to call it in.

After this program, it was finally time to set up camp.  Once the tents were up, air mattresses inflated, sleeping bags in place, what do you do?  I know *I* was read for a nap...and that's just what Mercy and I did.  That left time for the kids to go exploring, supper, s'mores, and finally it was bedtime.

1 comment:

  1. Well, that was fun. The kids and adults alike learned about birds and fishing, all in the same day. All of you must have been thrilled to explore the nature. That’s an excellent way to take a break from city life, and rediscover the beauty of Mother Nature at the same time. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in camp. Have a nice day!

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