Last week was the week.
We loaded up our outdoor vehicle (a.k.a. mini-van) and set out on our grand adventure! We decided to go camping at Heartland Retreat Center with a group of pastors and their families. We all homeschool so we decided to take advantage of the campground’s Outdoor education program which is the best I’ve ever seen, bar none.
Well, after us city-slickers managed to get our tent up we had a great time of fun, learning, and freezing (it was 33 degrees our first night…this city-girl seriously considered packing up and leaving!!!)
We did a lot of group activities like learning about how our senses work, and visiting their nature center:
We learned about our “edible backyard.”
Yes – those are grasshoppers frying over the fire. And this is me
The retreat center staff taught us about tracking animal prints.
And we got to visit their Living History area where were learned early homesteaders skills like weaving, candle-dipping, cooking over a fire, and rope-making.
We also learned about long-rifles and tomahawk throwing – means of protection and provision. Guess who was particularly fond of this display??
What an insanely fun time we had! It was so educational. Freezing. And restful for our family. I can’t help but think this will be one of those trips my kids will reminisce about well into their adulthood. I hope so. Cause I’m not sure I’ll ever do it again.
P.S. Uh…Is this point at which I admit I never ate that grasshopper? Couldn’t do it…just couldn’t do it. ICK!