A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
This morning, we woke up to deer standing all over our campground! There was a guy walking around with a bucket full of something (grain, maybe?), pouring it onto rocks and tree stumps, and this huge group of deer were just following him around! So fun!
We finally got ourselves up and going, and drove down to Mt St Helen's. It was so funny, as there are 4+ visitor's centers along the way, and most of them were closed. The visitor's center at the end of the road (Johnston's Observatory) is a National Park based place. It was so much fun! We watched movies, jumped on a seismograph to make earthquakes, went to a bunch of ranger talks, and did the Jr Ranger program there. The blast site is very cool--looking inside the volcano is pretty awesome!! :) Another winner in our book! (You might wonder what Peter is doing...He asked me what kind of rock it was and I told him it was an andecite basalt lava rock, and he said, "I want to hug it!" So he did. HA!!)
The afternoon was just the right amount of time to visit the site. We enjoyed our time there and learned lots, and then we were done! :)
We drove to a campsite that was still technically within the park bounds, but outside the blast zone. Whew. We cooked dinner over the coals, the kids played on the playground, and I took pictures of the lovely lake and view! :)
I think it's rather funny that while we're at these parks of volcanoes, I'm constantly hoping that it doesn't decide to explode while we're there! I think about all the people who live within range of destruction of this one, Mt Rainier, Mt Adams, Mt Hood, Mt Shasta, etc., etc., etc., and wonder how they can stand to live so close to these huge threats!! And this coming from someone who lives in the center of the middle East surrounded by countries that are constantly at war and in upheaval. I guess it's all about your perspective. :)
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