Field Trip

As I wrote yesterday, today we drove to Scranton and visited the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour and Anthracite Heritage Museum. This was part of our WVIA member benefits. We decided I would take the older two and Chip would stay home with the younger boys. It was the longest I’ve ever been away from Daniel!

First stop was the museum. After watching a short film, we toured the displays.

A coal sculpture by an African-American artist titled “Black Is Indeed Beautiful”

A relief carving of a mother and her children. I loved this!

We are so thankful that Donna reminded us of Heritage Days! We were originally going to the Great Insect Fair at State College, but bugs make me puke. Plus we’re learning about PA history (and not bugs. or vomit.) So this was perfect!

Our first stop was to learn about weaving tape. Apparently this stuff was widely used before elastic.

Then we watched a gentleman and his apprentice carving a bowl. Do you know that these bowls would take about 12 hours to make?

Nicholas was intrigued by the medicine man’s show.


Today was Safety Day at Camp Susque! This is a free, once-a-year event put on by Camp Susque to help homeschooling families fulfill their fire safety requirements.

The kids played for a bit, and then we all met by the flagpole. I tried to get a picture to show how many homeschooling families were there, but I really didn’t do it justice. Suffice it to say, it was so nice to be with a group of people who didn’t think we were freaks because they were freaky themselves. Or, as sung in Rent, “To being an US for once, instead of a THEM!”

My little adventure buddy Daniel and I went on a great adventure a week or so ago. We flew to Santa Fe for a moderator retreat for Mothering.Com! The plane trip there went pretty well. The trip home was not quite so easy, but still, we made it! I worried and stressed about this for months and months. I’m pretty proud of myself and my little guy.

Daniel loved playing in Mothering’s library. There were tons and tons of toys and books for him to enjoy.

Here he is passed out behind the couch while we had our meetings.

Saturday was for my adventure buddy Daniel and I to go sightseeing.

First Stop: The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
I love St. Francis. He was such a cool and crazy saint. Sister Mary Martha had a great blog entry about St. Francis a while ago. But I digress.

The Basilica was beautiful. It’s undergoing renovations right now. It actually reminded me a bit of St. Mary’s, my home church in Lancaster.

Cool statue of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha.

Nest stop, the Palace of the Governors, the oldest continually used building in the United States.

And the Native American vendors program.