Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Most Memorable Field Trip Ever

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I decided I needed to blog about the most memorable field trips, since we've had several that would qualify for that title.   Of course there are the usual zoo and museum trips that are always fun.  But we've also managed to do some very interesting things that are a little out of the ordinary, some of them while on family vacations. 

Field trips with our local homeschool groups have included:

Other fun trips that we took on our own or with the church group:

On vacation, we have visited numerous interesting places.  The first that comes to mind is Taliesin in Wisconsin.  I did blog about it and post pictures  here.   And very memorable for ME and DH, but perhaps less so for the kids, was our trip to Atlanta, and the World of Coca-Cola.  I know there have been many others, but those are the ones that stand out.

The MOST memorable however, is Camp Flintlock.  This was a weekend encampment near St. Mary's City in Maryland.  A group from our homeschool fellowship went together to experience a little bit of life as it might have been in colonial and revolutionary war times.  We slept in tents with straw ticks under our sleeping bags (I heard later that a couple of families "cheated" and brought in air mattresses, but not us!), dressed in period clothes, were awakened by drum call, gathered firewood and hauled water, cooked over an open fire, made crafts, played colonial games, and we even learned how to throw a tomahawk and shoot a musket!  When we signed up for the encampment, the boys were not very eager to go, especially when I told Harrison he would NOT be allowed to take his personal CD player along!  But my guess is that they really enjoyed the weekend - they talked about it for long afterwards, even occasionally asking if we could set up a tomahawk target in our backyard.  And yes, we have strongly considered doing that!  Landon particularly enjoyed chopping wood and tending the fire. 


Here's our family portrait, taken in front of the tent we called home for two nights:

 Tending the fire:

My turn at the cooking pot:

Landon LOVED chopping wood:

Hauling water:

Harrison shooting a musket:

And Spencer's turn:

Don't get on my bad side - I know how to throw a tomahawk!!!

And a camp picture:

This has a been great trip down memory lane!!! I might just have to plan another trip to Camp Flintlock, now that the kids are all a little older - this time Kennady could join us too!


ReviewsbyHeidi said...

That certainly looks like a "most memorable field trip"! Thanks for participating!


Prncsstefy said...

How cool is that??

LindaI said...

That looks sooo fun. Although I would not like to see myself in typical dress. You look pretty in it though!

DanielleW said...

You have had a lot of fun field trips. I LOVE the one that is your most memorable. What a way to learn hands on! Total immersion. (well, minus the blue jeans...but hey, it works for me.) LOL

drewsfamilytx said...

WOW! That looks like the most amazing field trip ever! Thanks for sharing-- I will most definitely have to look into that. Talk about fun!


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