In Which We Are Watched Like Hawks

Boy in Giant Bird Nest

The Cascades Raptor Center is offering free admission this week last week, in celebration of their 25th anniversary. "Through wildlife rehabilitation and public education, Cascades Raptor Center fosters a connection between people and birds of prey. Our goal is to help the human part of the natural community learn to value, understand, and honor the … Continue reading In Which We Are Watched Like Hawks

Mix It Up!

Homemade Trail Mix

Trail mix is another versatile food to pack with you when hiking.  It comes pre-made in grocery stores, in brightly colored packages, with little bits of melty chocolate or yogurt covered somethings.  It's kind of spendy, too!  Even though nuts and dried fruit aren't exactly cheap, I can mix up my own blend for... maybe … Continue reading Mix It Up!

Mount Pisgah Summit

Mt. Pisgah Summit View

My two younger kids and I hiked to the summit of Mt. Pisgah (actually a hill), today.  The summit trail is only 1.4 miles each way, but has an elevation gain of over 1000 feet!  Today was the hottest we've had yet this year at about 100°. I'm proud of my girl, who in today's heat pushed … Continue reading Mount Pisgah Summit

Exploring the Solar System on Bicycles

Solar System Model

The Eugene, Oregon Scale Model of the Solar System was created by a father and son to show relative sizes and distances between the planets and the Sun.  The planets are steel balls set upon pyramids with information panels positioned along Eugene's Willamette river Riverbank bike path.  The scale is 1:1 billion and dimensions are taken from the … Continue reading Exploring the Solar System on Bicycles

Skunk Cabbage, and Cobra Lilies, and Man-eating Plants! Oh, my!

darlingtonia cobra lily, skunk cabbage, salal, deer fern, man eating plant

Our visit to Darlingtonia State Natural Site was the perfect supplement to Apologia's Exploring Creation with Botany Lesson #3 section about carnivorous plants.  This place happens to be the only Oregon State Park for the purpose of preserving a single species.  Darlingtonia californica (cobra lily) is very rare and the only carnivorous plant in Oregon. Lysichiton americanus (skunk cabbage) is a Pacific Northwest native plant that … Continue reading Skunk Cabbage, and Cobra Lilies, and Man-eating Plants! Oh, my!

Picnic At Owen Rose Garden

Bike Picnic under Eugene Skinner's Cherry Tree

Owen Rose Garden is one of my family's favorite picnicking spots.  It's right along the River Bike Path and we pass it on so many trips.  It's just far enough out for us to make it the perfect location for a break on a long ride, or to be the turn-around destination for a shorter … Continue reading Picnic At Owen Rose Garden

Picking the Kids Up With bikes?

Towing a bike with bungee cords: side-view

Yesterday afternoon, two of the girls had a ballet rehearsal. Friends stopped by, just before it was time to leave. We ended up with too little travel time to ride, so my friend gave them a lift. Since they didn't ride their bikes to rehearsal, they didn't have them there to ride home.  Time to improvise!!! … Continue reading Picking the Kids Up With bikes?

Bikeschooling

Like many other homeschool families, we find ourselves spending a large portion of our time getting around to various classes and activities.  When we were in our minivan, I was amused by how fitting the term carschooling was.  I used to be concerned with things like how to transport school books without getting them all mashed up, … Continue reading Bikeschooling