This has been a month of nature study sadness and nature study delight for us as a family. Let me tell about our adventures…
July 7th–A severe thunderstorm with reported wind shear of 70 mph took a huge bite out of our beloved cottonwood tree that has been the subject of our year long tree study from the Handbook of Nature Study blog. The limbs littered the walking path, closing it completely to travelers until we could clear it. The storm toppled other trees nearby, took off parts of roofs, and turned trampolines into frisbees. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but we definitely felt nature’s fury that night.
July 14th–We met a nature study goal of ours this year to visit three national parks when we went to visit our family in California. Our first park was Sequoia National Park. The trees were huge and amazing. We visited the General Sherman tree and took a hike on the Big Trees Meadow Trail where we saw a couple of marmots playing. The older kids and their cousin enjoyed participating in the Junior Ranger program while Little Bundle enjoyed the hike in her own special way.
July 17th–Our adventures took us to San Francisco, CA, to walk the Golden Gate, drive down Lombard Street, watch sea lions on Fisherman’s Wharf, take pictures of sea gulls, and, of course, play in the Pacific Ocean. Who can resist getting wet even if it is freezing cold water?
Rest of July–We have been working on 4H projects ranging from forestry leaf collections to maple syrup displays to leaf print art to repurposed woodworking projects just to name a few! It has been busy and rewarding all at the same time.
Visiting family and good friends, making memories, having the opportunity to share what we have been learning all year and nature study…that’s what we call summer!