The following day we took a friend’s suggestion and headed an hour away to Mastodon State Park / State Historic Site. We found out some very cool things about their home state’s history!
It is always so incredible to see the scale of creatures larger than ourselves, extinct or living. Something important about feeling small every once in a while (physically smaller, not feeling smaller than your worth).
We found a few more places to visit while we were there!
After touring the museum, we explored the outdoors!
The steps went down, down, and down some more. There was a rock face on one side and open canopy on the other, it was lovely. The girls kept stopping to touch the cliff and were so happy to find that it was cold (even though they themselves were already a bit chilly). Eventually we made it to the old dig site, which had been covered up.
We continued on the trail, making sure to climb every set of rocks that were climbable, and stand dangerously close to every cliff edge they came across.
They discussed rock climbing and propelling from this spot for quite some time. Thankfully there was a sign (and a mother) scolding such things or Mae may have attempted such a feat.
The girls also got to see a real sun dial and compare it to the time on Rae’s watch. So cool.
We had a picnic at the state park portion down the road and the girls enjoyed playing on a playground there. We plan on going back to explore more of the trails and visit the sloth, wolf, and moose sites nearby this park – and finding the ones close to us!
The following day, we decided to stay in to watch a movie with snacks (they chose various dairy-free ice creams), play a couple of new board games they picked out, and enjoy a pancake supper – but a better situation arose! Aunt Kathy (who is visiting from Indiana) was going to be home (at our home) alone with no plans – so we quickly made plans, filling her day!
She and the girls started early with a dance party, they gave her the run-through of favorite Pokemon, she read them a chapter from The Banks of Plum Creek, they let her rename some dolls, and she let them pick out her outfit for the day! Afterward, we got lunch and then candy from the General Store! So glad we got some time with her all to ourselves!
We will pick up our original plans either this weekend or on Monday. Aunt Kathy (one of the funniest most exciting people on the planet) was definitely the highlight of spring break! I’m so glad we got our very own day with her!