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"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing." —Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Picnic II

For the second Monday in a row the kids have been off from school. So, we headed to the local woods for a day out.

Temperatures were in the 60s and there was a slight breeze.

The setup was the same, shelter, blanket, camp chairs, and cooler. Yesterday we added an Eagle's Nest Single Nest hammock and Slap Straps.

Jake would like to take a minute to guide you around our shelter. "This," he says, "is the zipper that opens up the back wall."
Eating inside the shelter IS allowed here and Jake is a big fan of the baked potato chip.
Laura shows that despite the cooler weather and slight breeze one can always remain fashionable when enjoying the outdoors.
Notice the Brunton compass hanging around Laura's neck. She's beginning to work on her land navigation skills and neede her own compass. For the money, this model (the 9040) really fits the bill.
Here she is working her way along the scrub line calling out where the arrow is pointing.
While Laura worked on her navigational skills, Jake took a few minutes to just sit and enjoy the moment.
And then they were off and running once again. This time it was chasing a small yellow butterfly back and forth across the field.
Jake learning that even though the nights are cool bees will still be active when the sun comes out and it warms up a bit.
Ah, we've been at this for a few hours and it's time to relax for a while in the hammock. From the way Jake's looking at his sister here, I may be in the market for a new hammock soon.
If your pants are too big and your sister has taken off your belt it may not be the best idea to try and crawl into a hammock unassisted. If you try it you may end up pantsed.

We all had a great time, ate some good food, enjoyed some of the last nice weather of the year, learned a thing or two, got some hang time in the hammock, and spent the day outside. It's hard to beat that.

Thanks for reading,



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