Get outside, Family!

Get outside, Family!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Creek walk adventure

Sometimes the best days happen when I just follow my kids’ curiosity wherever it takes us. Younger Son had out our little portable microscope kit, and he wanted to make a slide with water from the sink. I told him creek water would be more interesting because that might have plants and critters in it. And he said, “Yeah! Let’s go get some!” as in, Right now! The shopping list started running through my head, then the list of errands.  But a walk to the creek sounded so much more fun. So we were off.

Our creek is what we in Western Pennsylvania call a “crick” – not big enough to have a formal name but well known to the kids in the neighborhood. It ribbons through our housing plan on its way to larger creeks and the rivers of Pittsburgh. After rain it can be knee high and even deeper, but is often just a trickle of water.

We collected water, mud, gravel and a few plants. An apple from a tree. Oh, and a rock that looks like it has coal in it. The rock was part of fill put down along the path that leads to the creek, and we think it might have been from mine waste.

The microscope is really kid friendly – small, plastic and portable.  The magnification is not high, but it gives a good close up look. We could see the hair-like strands of a water plant and what looked like scales on the surface of a stone. Pretty neat. 

The outing and microscope work on the back deck took up most of the morning. Never got to the errands. But YS and I had such a good time together. It was one of my favorite things we’ve done this summer. 

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