Catawba Cultural Center

Fun day yesterday.  I had Charlie and Adam, and we, along with my friend Kirkie and four of her grandchildren, headed out to check out the Catawba Cultural Center.  It was just a small museum – a couple of rooms – but their pottery is amazing.  The lady working there said they had gotten their clay from the same pit for 5000 years.  How amazing is that?  This was one of my favorite pieces, a Rebekah jug.

After we finished up at the museum we checked out the walking trail from the center down to the Catawba River. The boys had so much fun playing in the creek along the way. That’s Kirkie’s grandson Paul on top of the log – you have to sort of look for Adam at the bottom of the picture 🙂

Hungry Mother State Park

This past weekend was the annual cousins campout with Uncle Zollie.  Unfortunately, Adam was the only one who was able to go, but we still had a wonderful time.  In years gone by we had been at Grayson Highlands, where Olivia was working, but this year we went to Hungry Mother, since that’s where she’s working now.  It was another beautiful park, although much different from Grayson Highlands.  One of the big differences was that there was a lake, so of course water activities were what we spent most of the day Saturday doing.  Here is Adam going off the diving board.  They also had a high dive, and he actually went off it – I was so proud! – but only once.  He said it was Absolutely Horrifying.  Anyway, I didn’t get a picture of that jump, but did get this shot of him turning a flip off the regular board.

And then Adam got to spend his first time in a kayak exploring the lake. As soon as I got in the canoe I fell out, so decided to sit this activity out on dry land. And take pictures instead 🙂

Rock Hound program at the library

Yesterday afternoon I took June, Clara, Adam, & Mason to the library in Rock Hill, where they participated in a program about rocks and minerals.  They were all pretty fired up about it, and it was definitely a refresher course for me.  Here is the lady from York County Museum showing off some of the samples she’d brought with her to Clara and June.

They’d told the kids they could bring an interesting rock, if they had one, and the experts that were there would help them identify them. Here is Adam getting his rock examined by one of the guys who is a geology major at Clemson. His rock was an agate, I think he said.

Wednesday Pix

Wednesday morning after we dropped June and Clara off at arts day camp Mason and I decided to take a couple of turns around the walking track in town before it got any hotter.  Mason is a lot faster than I am 🙂

Then that afternoon after rest time we worked on a science experiment – sort of showing how a lava lamp works. Here is June getting started by pouring oil in the bottle. It was fun.

Bible School 2018

This week has been Bible school at church.  Lindee and I were in charge of snacks every night, which really was a lot of fun.  Here is June and part of her family group when they came in for their turn at our station.

Mason during the closing session. He and June both loved Bible school this week.

Sunday morning animals

Sunday at the zoo we got up and headed out to see the animal exhibits that we didn’t have time to see the day before.  I always love the black swans

And hands down one of our favorite animals was the orangutans. This is Lana, who was out for the last day before she went into seclusion until her baby is born in a couple of weeks – how very Victorian of her. Their facial expressions just killed me. This was definitely another exhibit where I could’ve stayed for hours.

Animal Encounter

Definitely one of the highlights of our zoo visit was when Jeni brought animals in for us to spend time with, up close and personal.  This kinkajou was my personal favorite of the evening.

I was less excited about the snake, but it actually lived in a cage in the room where we were sleeping, so it was sort of cool to learn more about it. It’s actually not an albino, but a leusistic black rat snake. Interesting.

More Zoo Pix from Saturday

The red panda was one of my favorites that we saw that day.  She had just had cubs, and hadn’t brought them out of the den yet, so the zookeeper thought we might not see her at all – but then she did come and pay us a quick visit.  So cute.

One of our activities for the evening was identifying a group of animal artifacts that were on display in the room. It really was hard – I’m not sure I knew a single one of them. This elephant tusk was WAY heavier than we’d thought it was going to be. Here is June checking it out with Ms Renee, one of the mothers who went with us (and who has incidentally taught Clara for the past two years, and will be teaching her again this year. :-))