Saturday, July 30, 2011
Home Schooling - Field Trip - Star Gazing And Lake Alpine
Song: Come Saturday Morning
Our camp site
After setting up camp...
we went to Bear Valley to see the stars.
Some amateur astronomers had set up
telescopes and had given some interesting facts on
the stars and constellations.
It was very beautiful up there...
the light breeze was just cool enough to really feel refreshing.
The night sky was cloudless and moonless...
the Milky Way was clearly visible...
as were countless numbers of stars.
It gave me the opportunity to show Alex how to judge direction
by the stars
(Although, in general, you wouldn't travel the mountains
or forests by night...
you would be doing so in the desert).
We then drove back to our camp and turned in early.
Saturday Morning at Lake Alpine.
We ate at the Lodge and then rented a double Kayak.
Alex, and I, paddling on Lake Alpine.
We had gone around the lake and were coming in.
It was a spectacular view from the Kayak.
After paddling for a while...
I would dip both hands in the lake
and pour the refreshing water over my head.
The wind was just enough to give a cooling breeze...
the mountains and trees in the background added to
make the paddling a pleasure.
I taught Alex how to paddle correctly...
and how to steer the Kayak.
During this trip...
I added basic cosmology lessons as we were driving.
He really enjoyed this day.
I told him our next camping trip will be beach camping...
he is looking forward to it.
It will give me an opportunity to explain to him about
the Coastal Redwoods and the Ocean currents.