Friday, December 2, 2016

A Little Trip to Cascade, ID

Early in November, the CVCS kids did not have school on a Friday due to a teacher in-service day, so we decided it was a good time to make use of a gift certificate to the Ashley Inn in Cascade, ID.   We left on Thursday after school and headed north about an hour and a half.  Ashley Inn was beautiful, homey, clean, and comfortable.  Nicolas thought it may have been a little frou-frou, but enjoyed the cozy fireplace, relaxing hot tub, and yummy breakfast with the rest of us!

In our hotel room we found a several page list of DVD options we could check out at the front desk. After swimming we had family movie and game night.  We took a break to enjoy warm cookies and hot chocolate/tea and milk down in the lobby around 8:00.  After sleeping in, eating a huge breakfast, and swimming again, we checked out of the hotel around noon.  We drove up a "mountain" and then hiked down to a lake nestled between the craggy slopes.  We had beautiful weather (50s?) so were amused to be hiking in snow.  

This "Charlie Brown" tree was just growing around a huge boulder.  

 Our first glimpses of the lake.

 Falling water always makes such a lovely sound!

 Contemplating his future, perhaps?

Making the long trek back up to the trail head.  Seth found an oar down by the lake that he was going to set up at the trail entrance.  He used it as a walking stick on the hike back up, so not sure if it was in quite the same shape as he found it.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Casual Co-op Art Museum

Although we have driven past the art museum many, many times, we had not made a visit in the two plus years we have lived here.  So it was fun to add this to our list of places in Boise that we have been to.  We were not allowed to take pictures of the art, but we were allowed to snap photos in the hands-on room.  I think this was their favorite part of the museum anyway, and we spent most of our time here! 

What is better than a giant I-Spy board?  

Casual Co-op Celebration Park

We have been to Celebration Park in Melba several times.  Our first time was shortly after we moved to watch Caleb run a cross-country meet.  I think the second time we took Grandpa and Grandma on one of their first visits to Boise.  I think we have been their one additional time to hike and explore, but we have never enjoyed the spear throwing or a guided tour of the petroglyphs.  

I must say, learning to throw a spear with an atlatl is not as easy as it looks. Thankfully, our instructors gave us lots of time to practice and I was able eventually to hit the hay bales.  Hitting the target would require much more practice!  

An atlatl is basically a spear-thrower or a tool that the Native Americans used to give them leverage to help achieve greater velocity when they threw a spear.  It takes several attempts to get the hang of loading and balancing the spear on the atlal.

The second part of the afternoon we spent exploring the Native American petroglyphs.  They have not actually been deciphered decisively, so we can only guess what they indicate based on what the pictures look like.


The beautiful Snake River.

An unusual drawing on the peak of a rock.  One of the hills/mountains around the river is known to be a dormant volcano.  Perhaps this is showing the flow of lava around a mountain?

Interestingly, in any of the petroglyphs that contain dots, the number of dots always represents a prime number.

Our homeschool group getting instructions.