Monday, October 11, 2010


This Saturday we went hiking to one of the State Parks close to where we live. I have never seen its parking lot so crowded, but the trails were still relatively tranquil. We haven’t hiked with Anna for almost a year, and she was wildly excited, especially while trying to find a perfect walking stick. She still fits into our hiking backpack, but she was able to make this hike (about 2 miles) all by herself until the moment she spied the parking lot on the way back. That’s when she demanded to be put in the backpack, since she felt that she missed on the fun of riding high up on papa’s back.


We had some impromptu scientific discoveries:

  • 1. It’s easier to climb up the rock than to climb back down. We also fall easier when we walk downhill (luckily she had record low of falls – only once).
  • 2. Most of our trees are still very green and most leaves underground are dry and brittle and have been there for a while. That’s why there are signs on the trail warning about fire hazard.
  • 3. Not every big tree is a redwood tree, and not every tree with a red bark is a redwood tree. Anna really wanted to see a redwood tree, and we did see some.
  • 4. We saw one tree that fell across the trail and was sawed by park rangers to clear the path. We could count the tree rings and found the tree to be about 100 years old. Anna was amazed to see how tall the tree can get in 100 years.
  • 5. Dead mice are not to be touched. Makes parents to freak out.

I am linking this post to Science Sunday at Adventures in Mommydom.


MaryAnne said...

I'm very impressed that Anna hiked nearly two miles on her own!

This would be a great post to link up to learning laboratory also, if you would like to? =)

Christy said...

Dead mice - GROSS!!!!!!!!

We love to hike as a family. We try to go at least once a month, even in the winter.

It's great that Anna hiked the whole way!

Debbie said...

We love our hikes. I am trying to see Selena in a pack, I don't think there is anyway Papa could even begin to carry her in one. I agree dead mice would tend to freak us out too.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Dead mice -- yikes!!!!

I'm planning to get the girls out for an autumn hike this afternoon. It's beautiful weather here!

Ticia said...

I laughed at that last one. Don't touch dead mice.
Did you know you can tell about rain fall and the year from the tree rings?

Crunchy and Green said...

It sound like you had a lot of fun! I am impressed she could walk so far on her own, but it sounds like she had a great time being down to explore.

Infant Bibliophile said...

My son LOVES hiking. He goes with his dad once a week during the warmer weather. In fact, I just this weekend put together a photo book to surprise my husband for his birthday, called "Hiking with Daddy," full of photos of them together. LOL at the dead mouse line!

Kylie said...

Well done Anna, that's a huge hike for her little legs.

Aging Mommy said...

That is great that Anna hiked two miles! Living where you do with such lovely scenery and National parks nearby will be just heaven as she starts walking even further. Lovely photo - love her choice of walking stick.

Julie said...

Sounds like you had a fun day! We have a nature walk/fall nature hunt planned in a few weeks. I'm really looking forward to it!

Elise said...

I see Anna found just the right walking stick - perfect! What a great counting lesson - counting the rings of the tree (all the way up to one hundred) to determine its age. My children going near dead mice (any mice for that matter) would have me freaking out too.

I am very interested in your previous post on gifted students and read with great interest the links you provided. I agree, acceleration is not always the answer. As is always the case with education the answer is never a "one size fits all" response. Just because a child is gifted does not mean that accelerating them will benefit them (although I have seen first hand, through my teaching, that this can be the case). As you know, I believe in a classroom set up where the curriculum is differentiated and there is plenty of flexibility so that students of differing abilities can achieve together; learn from each other, be challenged and engaged. Having taught in a system like this I cannot speak highly enough of the benefits of this.

Mom and Kiddo said...

sounds like fun. I used to go hiking a lot as a child but there are not too many places around here to go without a car to get to the trail head.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

We're gearing up for a short tree ring study - some bizarre science goes along with it.

The dead mouse thing is very funny!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I LOVE number 5:-).

Your family always has fun and educational weekends. I like that!