Automotive Workshop

The automotive workshop was great! Thanks to O’Reilly Auto Parts for letting us use their parking lot. The kids learned all of the basic parts of an engine, learned to check and change oil and air filters, practiced using jacks and rotated four tires. They worked hard, learned a lot, and were serious grease monkeys afterwards! We meet next week, 7/19, for another hike focusing on edible and medicinal plants.

Bountiful Hike


IMG_3937We had a great hike last week up the mountains behind Bountiful. We tracked deer, sheep/elk?, dogs, and humans, practiced building fires, collected and ate some things from our surroundings, learned how to effectively arrange a campsite, signal for help, repel mosquitoes, find water and more.

Creekside Summer

We had a great day at the beautiful Waterfall Canyon trail in Ogden on Tuesday. We were able to learn some first aid–some simulated, some real–and all slept well that night! Next workshop is on June 21 in Bountiful where we’ll be learning various crafts–woodcarving, sculpting, painting, etc.

Ring-Tailed Lemur

az_ringtailed_lemurAfter my adventures in southeast Asia, I sailed west to Madagascar to see what different animals I could find there. It turns out that three-fourths of the animals and plants there are found nowhere else in the world! With all the unique species, I’m a little worried that they might go extinct because of people that are clearing trees for farming. I noticed near a farmhouse that there was good, rich red ground for farming. But I wasn’t there for the crops. I was there to go hang gliding and see all the other animals if I could. I took off near the seashore and flew over some wooded areas. I saw ring-tailed lemurs jumping around in the trees! I noticed that they used their tails for balance so they could jump from branch to branch. Maybe after this I should invent a tree pogo stick so I could join the lemurs in their jumping. Assuming I land safely, I’ll be heading across the Mozambique Channel to see some large cats in Africa.


Sledding in Public Parks

sledding_holmdell don’t think that sledding should be banned in public parks. My reasons for saying this are:

  1. Parks are public so they are made for everybody to use. So if the city is worried, they should put up a sign listing the rules similar to that of a playground. They could also employ someone to watch that the rules are being kept, like a lifeguard at the beach.
  2. Sledding gives children an opportunity to get away from the television or computer and allows them to be active.
  3. Sledding helps to provide bonds in families and it gives families fun active activities. It is affordable.

Posted by: JAMES HALL