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Friday, January 22, 2010

Winter Wonderland

Sure, there are drawbacks to living on an outer island. This ain't one of em.
Ice is shot on the pond. Ball field is a mess. What to do for P. E.?
Get out for a hike and enjoy our spectacularly beautiful trails and scenery.
It also helps that we're studying enery levels. The kids walked by this shelf fungus and shouted "Look, Ms. Finn! It's a decomposer!"
There's so much fun to be had. Here Amber demostrates the correct way to break ice sheets with her head. Could that be construed as karate? Hmm.
You never know what you'll find when you let nature be the teacher for the day. As we started out on our walk, Teressa was next to me. She took a deep breath and sighed, "I love the smell of nature." Well put. We were bushwhacking, seeing what we could see, listing off our classifications of producers, primary consumers, secondary consumers and decomposers when we happened upon this gem.
"Mr Finn!" shouted Johnny. "It's real live BONES!"
That kept us occupied for about ten minutes as we discovered more of the scattered carcass.
Saylor was checking out the skull and noted the eye socket and clumps of hair.
Cadin found old beaver sign which thrilled him no end. There's just something that happens when you take kids in the woods. Invariably they'll all end up toting sticks and cracking every piece of ice they come upon. It's like a law or something.
We looked and looked for otter sign. Last time we were out we tracked three otters all the way Middle Beach. But today, we had no luck. Well, that's not true. There were some great crow, squirrel and deer tracks.
Finally, a picture of the entire crew. I set the timer and ran for it, only falling on my face twice in the scramble. A fantastic outing was had by all.

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