Last week right before I got sick during our WEEK of FIELD TRIPS! I kid you not, it was insane, three in one week. The first one was to Inner Space Caverns.
We’ve gone once before, but then the kids were a little young to absorb much scientifically, and they also were too scared of their uncle who kept grabbing them as sudden noises happened……… Yeah……. big brothers, they don’t seem to outgrow certain things.
We observed what our guide called the “chicken nugget bat,” which is different from the more common bat in the area, “Mexican Free-Tailed Bat,” but they also eat insects, so it’s a good thing in my book.
This has again brought up the idea of keeping a bat house in our backyard. Does anyone have one?
This cave was discovered when they were building the interstate near us, they were putting in sounding holes and found out it was hollow. So they drilled a big hole and lowered a guy on a rope with a flashlight. I don’t think I would have done that……..
We learned about the different formations in caves. The highlighted formation is called the “kissing column,” in about 60 years the stalactite and the stalagmite will have grown together. It’s not there yet.
I’m still trying to think of a good follow on activity for this? What can you think of?
Let’s see what others did this week:
Each week I’m spotlighting a few posts that were shared previously. Many posts get linked up later in the week and they don’t always get as many clicks as they deserve, so I’m trying to spotlight a few every week.
Footprints in Time shared this great candle experiment to show light traveling in a straight line. It’s a really cool idea, and I could see it being used for astronomy too.