In light of our recent field trip fiasco, I thought I’d take the opportunity to assure you that not all of our field trips turn out that way…
Remember this picture?
A couple weeks ago, while our oldest 2 were being treated to a day out at Valley Fair with my youngest sister and her husband and their 2 littles (thanks guys!), I successfully managed to take the youngest 5 on a journey northward to the North West Company Fur Post to see some wild rice processing in action.
They’re hard to read, but each animal skin is labeled with the french word (for the voyageurs) and the Ojibwe word. Neat, huh?
Our voyageur guide (costumed interpreter), leading us through the Ojibwe encampment.
We may have come home spotted pink and looking like we’d caught the latest plague (due to the incredible presence of Minnesota’s unofficial state bird, the hungry mosquito), but it was a lot of fun. I’m so glad we braved the adventure, even without my 2 biggest helpers. Alone with my 5 youngest, I proved I still have what it takes, hehe.
Baby J is getting so big (almost 2!) and so independant that I didn’t even bring the stroller with this time, and I don’t think I picked him up to carry him around once, which is nice, as he weighs over 30 pounds…
One of these years I’m going to try to really get out and about and visit each of the sites that the Minnesota Historical Society works so hard to maintain and keep open to the public!
Our weather is turning cooler (already, I know!) and the time for outdoors-y field trips will soon be over, except for the super hearty folks I like to call crazy. I’m hoping to get a couple more outings in before we hunker down for our long Frozen Tundra winter!