I hope you never lose your sense of wonder. You get your fill to eat, But always keep that hunger. May you never take one single breath for granted. God forbid love ever leave you empty handed. I hope you still feel small when you stand by the ocean. Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens. Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.... I hope you dance.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Salmon Hatchery and Snoquamie Falls

Salmon trying to get over the dam.
Our field trip this week found us at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery. I had no idea that salmon could get that big! The Issaquah Creek was brimming with Salmon. The redish colored are the male. They develop a hump and hook looking mouth during spawning season.

Rainbow trout is raised at the Hatchery. Emily and I got to feed the trout. Can you say feeding frenzy?!

Emily was facinated by fish ladder. When we were at the observation area for the fish ladder, one little boy beside me must have been about 5 years old. He stretched his arms out and could not reach wide enough to be the length of the salmon in front of him. I told you these salmon are bigger than small children! :0)
After the Hatchery, we headed a little further North to Snoquamie Falls.

 It is soooo beautiful there. Our drive was lovely. eventhough the weather was not at it's best, I think it enhanced the feel of autum. The trees are beginning to change. Fall begins next week. I think someone forgot to the mountains to wait a little longer.

Wow were the falls beautiful! I have never been here in the fall. I wish that we would be able to go back in a few weeks. It will be stellar with color.
The have been serious renovations to the park that surrounds the falls. There is a new observation area, you can no longer hike down the mountain to the river. This is a bummer. The hike is hard but so worth it when you are able to look at the falls from the bottom. When I lived here many years ago with my parents, the are a was suffering from severe drought. The was just a trickle of a water. You could safely behind or even stand in the falls.

This was a great field trip. We discussed renewable resources as well as the impact of logging in the region.

Cannot wait for our next adventure.....as my favorite guys on Ghost Hunters say, "On to the next!"

A new school year

Dang it! Summer is officially over. Our summer has been filled with awesome adventures and trips. You can visit our family blog http://blessingsfromlife.blogspot.com/ catch up on all our summer adventures.

There are major changes in our school lives. This year Emily is now a middle schooler! Wow! She has decided to attend the Homeschool Resource Center and re-join the rank of home schooler. Sarah Elizabeth had the option to graduate this year but has decided to go an extra year and take advantage of free college classes that are offered. Smart choice I feel. Joseph changed c lasses, He is now in the intermediate class grade 4-6. His teacher from last year, Mrs, Seiber's will be there three days a week and a new teacher two days. Heather will start MU Grad School in January. My babies are growing so fast!

This year I will be at the Resource Center everyday. This differs from the past. The girls have very different schedules and I cannot afford the gas to drive back and forth! I joined the Seattle Homeschooling Group. We will be trying to do a lot more hands on and be in the field more. Now that Joseph's health is more stable I feel more comfortable to be able to go on more field trips. Jeff is working 8pm-5am so that means he will be close if needed and can pick him up after school. Thus giving us more freedom. :0)
So in honor of first days of school every where, I hope you share the enthusiasm as Nemo!

We are headed to Salmon Fish Hatchery for our next field trip. Wonder if I can bring a salmon home? :0)