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Friday, July 27, 2012

What do you do when you camp?

What do you do when you go camping?

When we camp with our friends, we want to do fun things together.  We go for hikes, swim, play games, and eat good food.

We especially want to enjoy the outdoors.  Sometimes we bring our canoe and paddle around the lake.  We also like to hike the nature trails.  We like to watch animals.  We like to be detectives to see what we can learn.

Because Mom likes to take photographs, one of our favorite things to do is to play "scavenger hunt."  First, we learn about the kinds of plants and animals living in the park we visit.  Then Mom makes a list of treasures to find.

The list normally has three or four different things on it.  Then we split into teams and try to take photos of everything on the list.  Sometimes the list has birds on it.  Sometimes the list has plants on it.  Sometimes the list has special kinds of rocks.  Sometimes we have lots of different kinds of things on our list.  Have you ever had a scavenger hunt like ours?

Here's a sample of what we do... when we were in Olympic National Park last year, we had a scavenger hunt.  Our list included taking a photo of a big tree, a pretty flower, and something in the water.  Here's what Mom found:
Dad and me in front of a big tree.
Pretty flowers
Me... in the water!!!
We found some great ideas for camping activities and nature hikes for you to try.  Just click on one of thes sites to start having fun:  

Friday, July 20, 2012

Let's Go Camping!

We're going camping!  We're meeting one of our favorite families.  It will be their first camping trip!  

Eric, Morgan, and Bailey
We will bring our camping gear.  They will bring their camping gear.  We will meet at a campground and set up our camps next to each other.  We haven't seen these friends in almost two years, so this will be a VERY special time!

We will sleep in tents.  We will hike and swim.  We will play games.  It will be so much fun!!!

Nighttime fun with glow sticks
Rock hopping
Rox on the rocks... me taking a nap after a swim
We will bring a special dinner that is great for kids.  We found the recipe on the "Camping with Gus" website.  It is called "Tacos in a Bag."  Here's the recipe and the ingredients that you will need:
  • One small bag of Dorito chips (2.5-3.5 oz), one per camper
  • 1/2 cup cooked and Taco-seasoned hamburger meat per camper
  • chopped lettuce
  • shredded cheese
  • diced onions
  • diced tomatoes
  • salsa or taco sauce
Here's the fun part... open the Dorito bag.  Add the ingredients that you like.  Crunch everything together.  Eat!!! 

Would you like to go camping?  When you and your family are ready, we found some nifty sites for to help you get ready:

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Let's Go Fishing!!!

Have you ever gone fishing?  We visited some friends the other day who were fishing for catfish.  They even caught some!

Fishing for catfish.
My friend used a cane pole.  He put a worm on his hook and cast it into the water.  He had a bobber on the line that floated on top of the water.

When the catfish took the bait, the bobber popped under water.  That's when my friend yanked the line.  He pulled in a big catfish!  They taste great!

Please remember to be very safe when you're around water.  You need to wear a life jacket when you fish from a boat.  You should always go fishing with a friend or family member.  You need to also be careful with your fishing gear.

If you would like to learn more about fishing, just check out these sites:

Fishing ABC's:

Fishing is Fun:

Take me fishing:

When to fish:

Fishing safely:

Finding bait:

Artificial lures:

Kinds of tackle:

Cleaning your fish: