The St. Matthew campout is an annual tradition for our family. Each August we trek to a remote location (ok, so really it's often pretty close, and last year I stayed in a hotel) and try our hands at roughing it for a weekend (another fib; we camp in luxury as we bring everything but the kitchen sink, and they usually have those for us at the campground).
This year the parish chose a nice state park in Bend, which is quite far away (about 4 hours). We had considered skipping this year because of the distance, but then I remembered about the High Desert Museum and how I wanted to make it a homeschool field trip someday. So why not now? So we signed up for the campout and made plans to leave early Thursday, find a small town for Assumption Mass, make it to Bend and visit the museum in the afternoon, and check in the campground before dinner.
|We made it!|
|Once inside the museum we were informed that a "living history"|
tour was taking place. Perfect!! The kids loved learning about
Oregon history, from the native Americans to the Oregon Trail
to mining and farming.
|Unfortunately I missed the tour as I was on preschool duty. :o)|
Gemma loved the 2 wild cats so that is where we spent most
of our time....
|After the tour the kids spent time in the dinosaur room. It|
had awesome video games and hands-on activities. There
weren't many people there (late afternoon) so we just let the
kids hop from exhibit to exhibit. This jeep was a hit.
|We continued on a self-guided tour. All the|
kids loved the animals.
|Sedric wasn't so sure about the turtle. He|
wouldn't get too close.
|Before the museum closed, we took a walk at|
just a small portion of their outdoor exhibits.
|Birds of Prey--thinking of Auntie Erica.|
|Looking at bald eagles.|