Total Eclipse Recap

We had a perfect day for eclipse viewing in our yard, and while the kids napped inside, my husband, my parents, and I watched the moon gradually covering the sun.  We tried your standard grade school eclipse activities, like making a pinhole projectors and using our official NASA approved glasses. My husband had an idea … Continue reading Total Eclipse Recap

Total Eclipse Day 

No time for blogging today! We are busy amping up for the 2017 American eclipse! As fate would have it, we will enjoy almost two minutes of totality in our own backyard, so no traveling or navigating through crazy traffic for us! However, I will take a brief moment to say that our young kids, … Continue reading Total Eclipse Day 

Family Project: Puppet Show 

We have just returned from our annual week on Lake Huron with my family. Most families enjoy just hanging out on vacation, but we are not most families. For us, family time is project time. We paint and draw and quilt and crochet and dance and make pinatas and Chinese dragons and have masquerades and … Continue reading Family Project: Puppet Show 

Olympic National Park: Bird Watching

Ah, so many birds and so little time to sketch them poorly in my nature journal! While we did not see too many big animals on our trip to Olympic -- not like going to Yellowstone where you're practically tripping on elk and bison the whole time -- we did get to see a lot … Continue reading Olympic National Park: Bird Watching

Olympic National Park: Wildflowers

In the literature I was reading preparing for our trip to Olympic, one description stated that the park had a "dazzling variety of wildflowers."  That was no joke!  Due to the extreme variations in ecosystems throughout the park, countless types of wildflowers flourish.  Below are just a few that we enjoyed. Most images are courtesy … Continue reading Olympic National Park: Wildflowers

Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Pacific Coast

  We spent our last couple of days in Olympic on the Pacific Coast, staying at Kalaloch Lodge and visiting Ruby Beach.  Prior to our trip, we had prepped with several books about wildlife in the Pacific Northwest and Native American legends from the region, but the book that really paid dividends was this little … Continue reading Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Pacific Coast

Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Temperate Rainforest

The word "rainforest" conjures images of brightly-colored macaws, 15-foot anacondas, and jaguars creeping along tree branches; however, rainforests are designated simply by the amount of precipitation they receive each year.  Their flora, fauna, and climates vary in every other way.  If you're interested in the temperate rainforests of the Olympic Penninsula, set aside your visions … Continue reading Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Temperate Rainforest

Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Forests, Rivers, and Waterfalls

Our hunt for more waterfalls led us to explore the Elwha River, Barnes Creek, Falls Creek, and the Sol Duc River.  Hiking to Marymere Falls gave us our first good look at an old growth forest. Immense, moss-covered trees towered over us, and the incredible assortment of wildflowers varied with each change in altitude, sunlight, … Continue reading Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Forests, Rivers, and Waterfalls

Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Mountains

Our week in Olympic National Park began in the mountains surrounding Lake Crescent.  We lodged at the Log Cabin Resort and had a cabin right on the water.  The boys enjoyed having easy access to the water for tossing rocks in the lake and watching the many birds -- especially mallard ducks, Canada geese, a … Continue reading Olympic National Park Ecosystems: Mountains