Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Letterboxing Adventures

Our family has recently taken up letterboxing as an activity. You may be wondering what letterboxing is. Well, these two website will give you a quick overview.

Letterboxing North America

Atlas Quest

It really is a lot of fun. Geocaching is the more popular right now, but if you need something more inexpensive to do...letterboxing is it. You never know where you will find a letterbox. We have discovered a great new place for hiking in the process. We figure that any time we go to visit family or on a short trip we can see if a letterbox is nearby. This is the last place we discovered. It's the Spring Valley Nature Preserve outside of Granville, OH. I had no idea this even existed.

Hey look! The bank were Beloved works helped create the nature preserve.

I don't have any pictures of us finding the letterbox. Didn't think about it, but I did snap this one of Little E playing in the creek. :-)

I didn't expect to find platform tennis courts in the woods either.

Here is a quote from the Granville website about the park:

Spring Valley, once a community pool and recreational area, is a wooded natural area preserved in 2006 as public land through donations from several local Granville institutions, residents and organizations. Located off of Cherry St/Rt 16, Spring Valley adjoins Salt Run Park for a combined area of 97 acres. Denison University students and Granville Middle School students worked together in 2007-08 to clear paths and build rock bridges, Several hiking trails are now completed. The park also includes two shelter houses (rented through Granville Rec), a platform tennis facility, paved parking and portable rest rooms. Future plans are still under development.

So, there you have it. A little info about our newest activity as a homeschooling family. :-)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Our Newest Neighbor

Yes, that's right. A baby snapping turtle is our newest neighbor. I don't know if he has a name yet, but I have been told he isn't an "Einstein." But more of a court jester without the hat. :-) Seems like Fred attracts all sorts of wildlife. He brought a hellbender for the children to see a while back. As long as he doesn't bring a snake back to keep. I think I'll be okay...but ask me again later...I may change my mind. :-) (Not about the snake part)

This is another great thing about homeschooling. Learning opportunities come from many different places and people.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Still Here

I meant to post about our trip to NY and such on this blog, but I decided not to. But you can find the posts on our family blog. There are three posts about our trip to New York. I hope to blog soon about things we are doing this summer. Trying to get ready for our assessment this Saturday for Big T. I know it's nothing to worry about, but I will feel better once I get past the first one. Hope everyone had a great school year! :-)