Sunday, November 27, 2016

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.

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