Monday, November 7, 2011

snake skins and dung beetles and spiders, oh my!

Ashley's class went on a field trip to Camp Crystal, an educational camp the school district owns. I was able to go and have fun with her all day.

We rode the school bus together. I haven't been on a school bus since 1989. It was quite the experience watching boys put safety pins through the top layer of skin on their hands, and girls giggle and bop each other on the heads.

The counselors divided us into groups, then we got to be scientists and study the hardwood hammock, the lake, and the sand hill.

We found a spider inside a flower.

A snake skin! It was about 8 feet long. I didn't take a picture of it, but we were supposed to look for scat, and we found it :) Ours had a dung beetle making nice little poop balls to feed its babies.

Here is Ashley's scientist-group, excited to explore the flora and fauna around them.

They all went on a hay ride, but Ashley said the driver wasn't very good. She kept going off the road...

We checked out the museum of dead-and-stuffed animals. They had samples of a lot of the animal life you can find around the camp. Ashley said she saw vultures, alligators, fish, bats, deer, owls, and a cougar (go cougars!).

Ashley said her favorite part of the day was the hike. My favorite part was holding her hand the whole time, since she'll be too grown up to hold it in a year or two :)


  1. It's funny how some things change and some things stay the same (referring to the bus ride!) Sounds like a great day!

  2. "Dung beetle making nice little poop balls to feed its babies." Totally just made my day. I can't quit laughing. I think it's the placing of nice with poop. LOLOLOL.

  3. Heather, I was thinking the same thing--how some things never change! Kids will always act that way on a bus, I guess :)