This is the last field trip of the year and Lil Bit and her class visited the Eno River State Park in Durham, North Carolina. Like yesterday’s field trip, Papa joined us as we started with a hike, where we saw interesting bugs. Did you know that a millipede is not poisonous, while a centipede is? Who knew? We saw a large Blue Herring fly across the river. Papa got it on the GoPro but you have to look very close. The hike was a rugged one, but Glamma was able to weather it.
The children got to cross a hanging bridge, although some were a little frightened. Okay, let’s be honest, Glamma was more frightened then they were.
Once back from our first hike, the children got to play in the river and then pull various species of bugs from the water as the ranger taught them how to identify each and every one.
Next we learned about sick trees. Did you know that when you carve your initials in a tree, the tree then gets . . . let’s say, the flu? It is one of the main reasons you see those big humpy things poking out of the side of the trees, because it is sick. One of the children posed the question as to why didn’t they just cut the hump off and the ranger explained it would only make the tree sicker and eventually kill it. Let me tell you, these last two days have been very educational.
The children ate lunch on the porch of a home that was built in the 1800s and before we knew it, it was time to get back on the bus and make the long drive back to school.